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Memphis Area Museums

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If you are looking for a bit of culture, Memphis is the place to find it. The Mid-South area boasts numerous musuems that specialize in fine arts, history, art, and more. Here you will find a comprehensive listing of these museums to better help you plan your next trip. Remember that admission fees are subject to change. Always verify this information before your visit.

1. Art Museum of the University of Memphis

This is a small museum tucked away in the Communication and Fine Arts Building at the University of Memphis. It houses nice collections of Egyptian and African artifacts including masks, jewelry, and even a couple of mummies. The museum also offers a rotating display of art done in various mediums. While the museum is a bit small, you’ll more than get your money’s worth – admission is free.

2. Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

The Belz Museum is one of Memphis’ better kept secrets. Formerly known as the Peabody Place Museum, the facility was founded in 1998 and houses a collection of hundreds of artifacts and pieces of artwork. These include Chinese art from the Qing Dynasty, contemporary Judaica, natural history objects, and arts and crafts pieces from around the world. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students.

3. Biblical Resource Center and Museum

This is a unique institution located in Collierville's Historic Town Square. It is a non-profit and non-denominational organization designed to help visitors learn more about the Bible, where it came from, and how it interconnects with history and scientific fact. Permanent exhibits include genuine artifacts and exact replicas of pieces from Biblical times. Admission is free for self-guided tours.

4. Brooks Museum of Art

This is Memphis’ oldest and largest fine arts museum. It is located in midtown, adjacent to Overton Park. The museum houses a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, ancient arts, works on paper, African art pieces, and Asian art pieces. Work by many well-known artists including Renoir, Pissarro, and Robert Henri are all on display at Brooks. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for kids and students, and free for children under 7.

5. Children's Museum of Memphis

If you have children, this museum is not to be missed. It boasts an incredible collection of hands-on exhibits that are designed to teach and entertain children. These exhibits include a real fire truck and police car, an eight story climbing maze, an art studio where kids can create their own works of art, an interactive grocery store, and so much more. The price is a little steep, particularly for a family with admission at $9.00 for everyone ages 1-100. Nevertheless, it is still worth the occasional trip.

6. Chucalissa Archaeological Museum

Chucalissa has a unique history. It was founded in 1956 after Indian mounds were rediscovered at the site of T.O. Fuller State Park. The site of the mounds was then developed into a laboratory for training archaeologists and as a place to educate the general public. Today, the museum houses artifacts found at the site and a replica of a Native American village. In addition, Chucalissa also hosts the annual Choctaw Indian Heritage Festival each August, as well as other events throughout the year. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (60+) and children 11 and under.

7. Cotton Museum

There was a time in Memphis history when cotton was king. Our city’s economy was largely dependant upon cotton and it thrived as a result. Today, the Cotton Museum teaches and illustrates that history with its visitors. Exhibits at the museum illustrate the story of cotton, the cotton society, its musical and cultural impact, the technology of cotton, the history of the Memphis Cotton Exchange, and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and free for kids under 6.

8. Dixon Gallery and Gardens

The Dixon was founded in 1976 and specializes in French and American Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. In addition, The Dixon also houses beautiful collections of porcelain and pewter pieces, as well as other paintings and sculptures. The facility’s gardens are impeccably landscaped and maintained, providing a serene spot for a stroll. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $3 for kids 7-17, and free for children 6 and under.

9. Fire Museum

The Fire Museum of Memphis is a family friendly attraction located downtown. It seeks to educate visitors in the history of fire fighting in Memphis, fire prevention, and fire safety. Its exhibits include: a real-time 911 dispatcher’s radio, a life-sized talking horse, a real fire truck and ambulance that kids can explore, an escape maze, a fire room that simulates being in a house fire, and much more. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under.

10. Mississippi River Museum

This museum is located on Mud Island in downtown. It features numerous exhibits showing different aspects of the river and its history including the exploration and settlement along the Mississippi, transportation along the river, the river during the Civil war, river disasters, and river music. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. Admission also includes a roundtrip monorail ride to and from Mud Island and a guided River Walk tour.

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