Rod & Hank's , the vintage guitar shop is located in the same building as the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and is practically a museum itself. Check out the vintage guitars, speakers, and other equipment in the windows. You can also watch craftsmen repair beautiful old instruments. If you are in the market for a used Fender, Gibson, or Gretsch guitar, this is the place, but it's also worth a look for the non-musician, as well. Many national recording artists visit this shop when playing or recording in Memphis.
125 North Front Street Memphis, TN 38103 +1 901 576 7241
At Mud Island,trace the twists and turns of the Mississippi River following the River Walk. Learn about the shipping of cotton on the river and the musical history made in cities along the river, from New Orleans Jazz to Memphis Blues and Elvis. See the Memphis Belle, a historic WWII airplane. The Mud Island Amphitheatre on the island hosts concerts in the summer. To get there, ride the monorail, featured in the Tom Cruise movie "The Firm."
This building was the Memphis home of William Christopher Handy, who is often referred to as the "Father of the Blues." He wrote the song "Memphis Blues" in 1912 at the request of E.H. Crump, then running for mayor, and it became something of an anthem for the city. A major award for blues musicians, the W.C. Handy Award, is given every year at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. The W.C. Handy Home features exhibits on Handy's career that trace the history of the blues in Memphis.
325 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 +1 901 522 9229
Blues City Tours offers several options from which to choose, depending on your interests. You can take a three-hour bus tour to see all the local landmarks, including Beale Street, the Victorian Village and Sun Studio, or see "Memphis After Dark" with a tour of the clubs on Beale. There is also a four-hour tour to the casinos along the river in Mississippi, which includes transportation to the casinos plus an all-you-can-eat buffet.
824 South Dudley Street Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 774 3212
This lovely 144-year-old, 80-acre cemetery is a wonderful place to go on a warm afternoon. Huge shade trees protect the most interesting collection of graves and gravestones in the city. Elaborate Victorian monuments pay homage to city founders such as Robert Church, the first black millionaire in Memphis, as well as Mayor E.H. "Boss" Crump, 19 generals from the Confederate Army and yellow fever victims felled by the mosquitoes that used to thrive on the river banks.
119 South Main Street Memphis, TN 38103 +1 901 523 2787
Peabody Place is part of an ambitious downtown renewal effort that includes complexes of restaurants, shops and apartments. Developer Jack Belz and his wife Marilyn have put their private collection of Chinese art on display for the public in a 7,500 square-foot gallery. Some of the ivory and jade pieces date back to the Manchu Dynasty of the 17th century. Stroll around Peabody Place and see what is attracting new residents to the downtown area.
This 1870s house is part of Victorian Village, where the few homes in Memphis dating from the 1800s have been preserved and restored. In addition to the furniture and decorative arts displayed inside, the house also has an exhibit of clothing from the Victorian era. Look at the cinched waists and layers of velvet and wonder how the Victorian ladies survived the hot Memphis summers. Tours are held every half hour.
374 Metal Museum Drive Memphis, TN 38106 +1 901 774 6380
National Ornamental Metal Museum is the only one in the country dedicated to ornamental metalwork. Exhibits often include such diverse objects as silver tea services, swords, jewelry and weathervanes. See a blacksmith at work forging works of art. An annual exhibit in May features the fantastic devices people use to barbecue, timed to coincide with the Memphis in May Barbecue Contest. The museum is set in a lovely spot on the banks of the Mississippi, and the lawns are sometimes used for weddings and other private parties.
450 Mulberry Street Memphis, TN 38103 +1 901 521 9699
While speaking on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. You can relive history here by visiting the balcony and Dr. King's room, restored as it was when he was here to support the Sanitation Worker's strike. Through interactive multimedia exhibits you participate in the civil rights movement and learn its history from the 1600s through Rosa Parks and the freedom riders until today.
The Fire Museum is located in the first firehouse in Memphis. Kids will love the video games and interactive videos that simulate firefighting, while parents will appreciate the exhibit of unusual firefighting equipment from the last two centuries. If you take the restored trolley from Union or Beale, you can disembark at the museum, then walk up the street to the National Civil Rights Museum, in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King,Jr. was assassinated.
The Main Street Trolley consists of restored vintage trolley cars
that offer views of downtown Memphis and the riverfront. One route runs up and down Main Street from the Pyramid to Central Station offering comfortable transportation to sights such ...
Situated at the north end of the trolley line, this
hotel is an easy ride to Beale Street, the Civil Rights Museum and other downtown attractions. It is close to the Pinch District, with its funky, friendly bars and ...
Memphis' main museum is housed in a marble building completed
in 1916. The architecturally beautiful rooms house an outstanding collection of medieval art and a small but worthwhile collection of Impressionist works. One room is dedicated to a "touch" ...