Attractions in Memphis TN
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Convention & Visitors Bureau
198 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103-1922
Built in the 1830s, this diminutive clapboard house is one of the oldest dwellings in Memphis. Furnished with period antiques. Reservations suggested for groups. Open June-August Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed January and February. Open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the rest of the year. Free admission; donations accepted.
Main Street Trolley
547 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38105
Enjoy a nostalgic ride aboard the Memphis Main Street Trolley. The antique trolleys serve several downtown attractions including The Pyramid, Pinch District, Memphis Cook Convention Center, hotel district, Beale Street, the Orpheum Theatre, and the National Civil Rights Museum. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday 6:45-12 a.m., Friday 6:45-1 a.m., Saturday 9:30-1 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Winter hours are Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 6:30-12 a.m., Saturday 9:30-12 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Regular fare is $.50 (each way) and $.25 each way for seniors and people with disabilities. Special lunch hour fare $.25 each way Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All-day passes can be purchased from trolley operators for $2. Exact fare is required. For more information, call 901-274-6282.
652 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105-4902
A carefully preserved Italian Villa mansion in the Victorian Village Historic District. Built in the 1850s and remodeled in the 1890s, this 25-room house contains original family antiques and furnishings spanning 100 years. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m., and closed January and February. Adults $4 and seniors and students $3. Discounts available to groups of ten or more with advance reservations. Tour begins every half hour; last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
Memphis Belle Pavilion
125 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Home Page: http://www.memphisbelle.com
The Belle is World War II's most famous airplane. The first U.S. bomber to complete 25 missions against Nazi targets without a casualty. Named for the pilot's wartime Memphian sweetheart, the Belle was the subject of William Wyler's famous 1943 documentary, "The Memphis Belle," and was the basis for the story in a recent feature film, "Memphis Belle." Restored to its former splendor, the plane is displayed under a gleaming white pavilion on Mud Island. Open April-October. Please call for specific times and dates.
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117-4699
96 acres of outdoor gardens including Japanese Garden of Tranquility, Sensory, Sculpture, Daylily, Rose, Herb, Wildflower, Perennial, Cactus, Dogwood, Azalea, Four Seasons (opening April, 1997), and Tennessee Bicentennial Iris (fall, 1997) gardens. The Goldsmith Civic Garden Center features Boehm porcelain collection, art exhibitions, horticultural shows, and plant information library. The Hardin Hall is a 5,500 square-foot premier facility for weddings and wedding receptions, banquets, meetings, corporate parties, seminars, special events, and fundraisers. For reservations, call 901-685-1566, ext. 109. Open November-February Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; March-October Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; open all summer holidays; and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Adults $4, seniors $3 (65 & up), children $2, and children under six free. Free admission on Tuesday 12:30 p.m. to closing. Members free. Tram rides are available on partial schedule for additional fee. Group rates available for 15 or more.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Home Page: http://www.brooksmuseum.org
Tennessee's oldest and largest museum of fine and decorative arts featuring paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs from antiquity to the present. Major changing exhibitions, family workshops, film and performance series, and lectures.
Museum Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 8 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday 11:30 am - 5 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Memphis Motorsports Park
5500 Taylor Forge Drive
Millington, TN 38053
Located ten minutes from downtown Memphis, multipurpose motorsports complex featuring drag racing, road racing, and oval track competition. Special events include the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals in October.
Memphis Music Hall of Fame
97 South Second
Memphis, TN 38103
Over 7,000 square feet of exhibits containing thousands of photos, rare recordings, and 20 video and six continuous audio presentations! Biographies of all Memphis legends displayed with original instruments and personal effects. A re-creation of the control room at Sun Record Company with the original recording equipment. A re-creation of P. Wee Saloon on Beale Street where W.C. Handy wrote his world famous "St. Louis Blues." The largest collection of W.C. Handy memorabilia in the world. The largest collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia outside of Graceland. Complete collection of personal memorabilia of Charlie Rich. An extensive exhibit of STAX and HI record labels memorabilia including very rare video tapes by major STAX and HI artists. Adults $7.50, children 6-12 $2.50, and five and under free. Open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 12-6 p.m.
Memphis Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112
The Memphis Pink Palace Museum, a multi-faceted facility, includes award-winning natural and cultural history exhibits, a planetarium, and a spectacular IMAX® Theater. The Pink Palace Mansion, built in 1923 for Piggly Wiggly founder Clarence Saunders and site of the original museum, reopened in the spring, 1996. Permanent exhibits feature dinosaur fossils, a stunning mineral collection, 70 million year old sea life fossils from the region, and the wondrous hand-carved Clyde Park Miniature Circus. There is an exact replica of the original Piggly Wiggly, the first self-service grocery store; a medical history exhibit; Civil War artifacts; and a roaring, stomping Triceratops dinosaur. The Union Planters IMAX® Theater features new, exciting films on the giant screen every four months. The Pink Palace Planetarium offers a trip through space and time as well as special laser light concerts. A special Elvis laser show is featured in August. The museum is open seven days a week. Summer and holiday hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day and holidays) are Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Winter hours (Labor Day-Memorial Day) are Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 12-5 p.m. IMAX® films are scheduled daily. Call 901-320-6362 for information on current exhibits, IMAX® and Planetarium show schedules, and group rates.
Memphis Symphony Chorus
(901) 324-3627 for the Symphony Box Office
Home Page: http://www.memphissymphonychorus.org
The Memphis Symphony Chorus began in 1965 with about 30 singers, rehearsed by Sara Beth Causey and performing under the direction of Maestro Vincent de Frank. Today the Chorus is an integral part of the Memphis Orchestral Society, performing as many as four separate concerts per season. Recent performances include Mahler's Second Symphony, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Verdi's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Handel's Messiah, and the annual Holiday Pops concerts and tributes to Martin Luther King.
Memphis, TN 38112
(901) 725-3407 for the Special Events Department
Home Page: http://www.memphiszoo.org
A $30 million renovation has created one of the world's finest homes for exotic and endangered animals. State-of-the-art exhibits like Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Madagascar, and Animals of the Night showcasing fascinating, endearing creatures from every corner of the globe; Once Upon A Farm and Discovery Center; and Cat House Cafe, Zoo Tram, and Elephant's Trunk Zoo Shop are all reasons why visitors call this zoo "world-class." Open March-October 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and November-February 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). Regular admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $5 Children (2-11)
Under 2 Free. Parking $2. Call for commissionable group rates.
Metro Memphis Attractions Association
P.O. Box 11253
Memphis, TN 38111-0253
Organization promoting Memphis' attractions.
125 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Cultural, educational, historical, and recreational aspects of the Mississippi River. Includes an 18-gallery Mississippi River Museum featuring river life, legends, models, and folklore. Free guided tours daily of the Mississippi River Walk, a five-block-long scale model of the river. Includes the Memphis Belle Pavilion (World War II's most famous B-17 bomber), swimming pool and beach, 5,000-seat amphitheater, gift shops, and restaurants. Open April-October. Call for specific times and dates.