The Cotton Museum
The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange offers a unique,
informative, and entertaining view of the history of Memphis through the lens of a world-changing industry. Located on the historic trading
floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange, the museum sheds light on how a
crop shaped the culture and society of a region, from economic boom
& bust cycles to blues music to architecture. Tour two exhibition
halls and follow the daily business of a 1939 Cotton Broker with our
audio walking tour of Cotton Row. Discover the plant that changed the
world and the secret world behind it.
The National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Museum is located at South Main and Huling Streets, in the historic art district of downtown Memphis. The Museum exists to assist in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide, through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs. It chronicles the civil rights movement beginning in 1619 with historical exhibits, including Room 306, the hotel room where Dr. King stayed in April of 1968.
Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum
The Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum is one of the grand mansions on Adams Avenue, formerly known as Millionaire's Row. This mansion, built in 1871, features beautiful Victorian architectural details and period furnishings. The costumes on display are part of an extensive textile collection, one of the best in the South. Tour three floors of this Victorian-era home Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Visit the website to see the current special exhibit.
It first rang out over the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. It migrated to the streets and clubs of Memphis. It went on to influence the sound of music all over the world. Memphis is the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll. And it all starts here on Beale Street.
STAX Museum of American Soul Music
State-of-the-art museum experience tell the story of American soul music from gospel and blues roots through today with more than 3,000 artifacts, videos, films, photos, records, stage costumes musical instruments, exhibits, and more. Located at the original site of Stax Records, the museum features artists such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MGs, the Staple Singers, Same & Dave, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, The Bar-Kays and dozens of others. Featured exhibits include an authentic Mississippi Delta church reconstructed inside the museum and Isaac Hayes gold-trimmed 1972 Cadillac.
The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world. Located at 191 Beale, on the corner of legendary Highway 61 at the FedExForum, the museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural field hollers and sharecroppers of the 1930s, through the explosion of Sun, Stax and Hi Records and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70s, to its global musical influence. The museum’s digital audio tour guide is packed with over 300 minutes of information, including over 100 songs, and takes visitors at their own pace through seven galleries featuring 3 audio visual programs, more than 30 instruments, 40 costumes and other musical treasures.
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public garden distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in arts and horticulture. The Dixon features diverse and changing exhibitions of fine and decorative arts and a permanent collection of over 2,000 objects, including French Impressionist paintings and significant holdings of German and English porcelain. Centered around a Georgian-style residence built in 1942, the Dixon's 17 acre site is a highly regarded public garden and certified arboretum. An education resource for visitors of all ages, the Dixon is accredited by the American Association Museums and is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and Botanical Gardens Conservation International.
Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden offers a tranquil, natural get-away right in the heart of Memphis, including 23 specialty gardens showcasing various families of flowers, plants, and trees. The renowned Seijaku-en, Japanese Garden of Tranquility, is a popular attraction, with its recognizable red drum bridge and unique cultural features. My Big Backyard family garden offers a place for jumping, splashing, digging, creating, and discovering the joys of time spent outdoors. The Garden offers a year-round schedule of special events and programs, including the Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series, monthly wine tastings, family events, art exhibits, classes, workshops, and more.
Center for Southern Folklore
We're a private non-profit organization dedicated to documenting and presenting the people, music and traditions of the Memphis/Delta Region through the experiences, music, lifestyles, arts and foods of the men and women, young and old who we've talked to and learned from since the early 1970s.
Along the way we've created films, recordings, exhibits; produced festivals and events that provide snapshots of the changing South. We've collected images, sounds and artifacts to preserve and share this heritage. We've used many venues and lots of equipment to make this happen: from 16 mm films to digital media, from long playing records to sound files, from typewriters to computers. Yet, our goal has always been the same: to make the South we know available for access and understanding by future generations.
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