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Memphis Attractions

What to See and Do in Memphis


Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to Memphis.

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WHAT TO SEE & DO MEMPHIS ATTRACTIONS


SHOPPING

A. Schwab
163 Beale St.
Memphis, TN 38103
901-523-9782
This general store and favorite landmark has been doing business in Memphis since 1876.

SPORTS

AutoZone Park is home to the Triple A Memphis Redbirds
AutoZone Park

AutoZone Park
175 Toyota Plaza
Memphis, TN 38103
901-721-6050
www.memphisredbirds.com
Home to the Triple A Memphis Redbirds, a farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals. Catch a game during baseball season, or take a tour of this handsome ballpark.

FedExForum
200 S. Third St.
901-205-2525
Memphis, TN 38103
www.fedexforum.com
Home to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Forum hosts basketball games as well as concerts throughout the year.

SIGHTSEEING & THE OUTDOORS

Beale Street Historic District
901-526-0110
www.bealestreet.com
A 1920s hotbed of gambling, prostitution, murder and voodoo, Beale Street is now best known for its nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, shops, pawnshops and hot music.

Blues City Tours
325 Union Ave.
Downtown
901-522-9229
www.bluescitytours.com
Tours of Memphis such as "Riverboat," "Shopping," "Elvis" or "Music"

South Main Historic Art District
South Main Historic Art District
Main Street Trolley
901-274-6282
www.matatransit.com
Allowing you to sightsee as you travel, the trolley offers easy transportation throughout the city.

Mud Island River Park
125 N. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
800-507-6507, 901-576-7241
www.mudisland.com
All kinds of Mississippi River-related adventures await at Mud Island River Park, such as pedal boat rides, river walks and concerts on the banks of the Mississippi.

South Main Historic Art District
901-578-7262
www.southmainmemphis.org
This area is chock-a-block with galleries, boutiques, vintage architecture, and The Arcade, arguably the city's oldest restaurant.

LIBRARIES/MUSEUMS

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art
119 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
901-523-ARTS
www.belzmuseum.org
Just because you're spending 72 hours in Memphis doesn't mean you can't explore the world. Examine art from Asia and Europe , without leaving downtown.

The Brooks Museum of Art is one of the oldest and largest museums in Tennessee
Brooks Museum of Art

Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
901-544-6200
www.brooksmuseum.org
Rock 'n roll isn't the only game in town. You'll find more traditional art forms at the oldest and largest fine arts museum in Tennessee.

Fire Museum of Memphis

118 Adams Ave.
901-320-5650
Memphis, TN 38103
www.firemuseum.com
Vacation time can still be educational. Here, visitors will find the history of fire fighting in the Memphis area, educational exhibitions and fire safety information.

Gibson Guitar Factory
125Lt. George Lee Ave.
Beale Street Entertainment District
901-544-7998
www.gibson.com

Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
800-238-2000, 901-332-3322
www.elvis.com/graceland
Tour the King's famous Graceland, including the inside of the house, grounds and costumes.

Memphis Pink Palace Museum

3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
901-205-2533
www.memphismuseums.org
Explore Memphis's natural and cultural history in this mansion built by the founder of Piggly Wiggly, the country's first modern grocery store.

The Memphis Pink Palace was built by the founder of Piggly Wiggly
Memphis Pink Palace Museum

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
FedExForum
191 Beale St.
www.memphisrocknsoul.org
Memphis, TN 38103
901-543-0800
Located on the corner of Beale Street and the legendary "Blues Highway" (otherwise known as Third Street), this is the place for music history buffs.

National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry St.
Memphis, TN 38103
901-521-9699
www.civilrightsmuseum.org
The museum, found in the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968, houses Civil Rights movement memorabilia.

National Ornamental Metal Museum

374 Metal Museum Dr.
Memphis, TN 38106
887-881-2326, 901-774-6380
www.metalmuseum.org
With terrific views of the river, this is the nation's only museum dedicated to fine metalwork.

W. C. Handy Home and Museum
352 Beale St.
Memphis, TN 38103
901-522-1556
This tiny museum is in the former home of W.C. Handy, the man who penned "The Memphis Blues" and became known as the "Father of the Blues."

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum/Burkle Estate
826 N. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38107
901-527-3427
www.slavehavenundergroundrailroad.com
Built in 1849 by Jacob Burkle, this white clapboard house is said to have been a way station on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves.

Elvis got his start at Sun Studio
Elvis got his start at Sun Studio

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E. McLemore Ave.
901-946-2535
www.staxmuseum.com
This funky museum tells the story of Memphis soul, including stars such as Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes.


Sun Studio

706 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
800-441-6249, 901-521-0664
www.sunstudio.com
This music legend is the site of Elvis Presley's first recording, and the making of "Rocket 88," widely considered the first rock 'n' roll song.

THEATRES/MUSIC

The Orpheum
203 S. Main St.
901-525-7800
Memphis, TN 38103
www.orpheum-memphis.com
A restored vaudeville palace, The Orpheum puts on plays, operas, concerts and other performances.

RESOURCES

Tennessee State Welcome Center
119 N. Riverside Dr.
Memphis, TN 38103
888-633-9099, 901-543-5333
For more information, contact the Memphis Conference & Visitors Bureau, www.memphistravel.com.


MORE MEMPHIS INFORMATION

Memphis Hotels
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