Rock, Metal, Art, and Soul: Discover 10 Memphis Must-Do Museums
Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. That's especially true in Memphis, where museums tend to be smaller, intensely subject-focused, and absolutely fascinating.
History buffs will find the story of the Mississippi River and its importance to the city at the Mississippi River Museum on scenic Mud Island, while the city's most notorious event - the assassination of Dr. Mr. Luther King, Jr at the Lorraine Motel - is captured in realistic detail at the National Civil Rights Museum.
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Local Expert Tip: "Wednesdays are pay what you can at the museum - from a penny on up."
Stax is simply our favorite attraction in the city - an authentic, culture-rich, Memphis experience.
Local Expert Tip: "One of our favorite things to do is at the display of Hayes' fancy Cadillac - lean over the rail a bit to hear the late, great soul man admonish 'Don't touch my ride!'"
The museum brings the best and the worst of the civil rights era to its visitors.
Local Expert Tip: "A good read before visiting the museum is Hellhound on His Trail by Memphian Hampton Sides. It tells the back story of James Earl Ray and offers a fantastic historical perspective of the assassination."
The museum does a fantastic job of telling the story of the river and how it shaped the city's history.
Local Expert Tip: "The Mud Island River Park and the Mississippi River Museum are open April - October."
Chucalissa is the most important archeological site in the city of Memphis.
Local Expert Tip: "Chucalissa includes trails and open areas for picnicking on the Chickasaw Bluffs, with a view of the Mississippi."
Fire safety is a big part of what the museum does, and educators are on hand to talk fire safety with guests.
Local Expert Tip: "There's two-for-one admission pricing on Tuesdays. "
It started as a traveling exhibition about the roots of American music, and found a permanent home at the foot of Beale Street.
Local Expert Tip: "If you've got an American Express Delta Skymiles card, you can score two-for-one admission."
Besides the Zoo, this is the best kid-focused attraction in the city.
Local Expert Tip: "Splash park admission is an add-on for all visitors, from $4 and up. "
Not only can you explore the artistry of metalwork at the museum, you can experience it firsthand at the on-site blacksmith shop.
Local Expert Tip: "The museum's gift shop offers the best selection of unique handcrafted gifts of any museum in the city."
The Dixon is a little gem, with exhibits put together by curators who truly understand how to tell a story with objects d'art.
Local Expert Tip: "Tuesdays are pay what you can days, with visitors setting their own admission prices for entrance between 10 am and 2 pm."
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