Why do people all over the world know Memphis, Tennessee as simply Memphis. It’s all the things you know about and all the things you don’t, the A-side hits of our world-famous attractions and the flip-side of funky shops, back-alley barbecue joints and the music and nightlife of Beale Street.
It’s our eclectic mix of 5-star to down home restaurants, upscale Memphis hotels, designer malls and quirky downtown Memphis shops. It’s the legendary history, blues, rock n’ roll and pure soul that make the city of Memphis, TN (aka The River City, aka Memphis) funky, fun and fresh.
Memphis is a city in the southwest corner of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. Memphis rises above the Mississippi River on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff just south of the mouth of the Wolf River.
Museums and Art Collections: Many museums of interest are located in Memphis.
Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis (2008)National Civil Rights Museum: The National Civil Rights Museum is located in the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. It includes a historical overview of the American civil rights movement.
Brooks Museum of Art: The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, founded in 1916, is the oldest and largest fine art museum in the state of Tennessee. The Brooks’ permanent collection includes works from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras to British, French Impressionists, and 20th-century artists.
Graceland: Graceland, the former home of Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Elvis Presley, is one of the most visited houses in the United States (second only to the White House), attracting over 600,000 domestic and international visitors a year. Featured at Graceland are two of Presley’s private airplanes, his extensive automobile and motorcycle collection and other Elvis memorabilia. On November 7, 1991 Graceland was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Pink Palace: The Pink Palace Museum, serves as the Mid-South’s major science and historical museum, and features exhibits ranging from archeology to chemistry. It includes America’s third largest planetarium and an IMAX Theatre. One exhibit features a replica of the original Piggly Wiggly store, the first self-service grocery store, commemorating the invention of the supermarket by Memphian Clarence Saunders in 1916.
Memphis Walk of Fame: The Memphis Walk of Fame is a public exhibit located in the Beale Street historic district, which is modelled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but is designated exclusively for Memphis musicians, singers, writers, and composers. Honorees include W. C. Handy, B. B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, and Alberta Hunter among others.
Mud Island River Park: Mud Island River Park and Mississippi River Museum is located on Mud Island in downtown Memphis. The Park is noted for its River Walk. The River walk is a 2112:1 scale working model showing 1000 mi (1600 km) of the Lower Mississippi River, from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. 30 in (75 cm) in the model equal 1 mi (1.6 km) of the Mississippi River. The Walk stretches roughly 0.5 mi (800 m), allowing visitors to walk in the water and see models of cities and bridges along the way.
Victorian Village: Victorian Village is a historic district of Memphis featuring a series of fine Victorian-era mansions, some of which are open to the public as museums.
Cotton Museum: The Cotton Museum is a museum that opened in March 2006 on the old trading floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange at 65 Union Avenue in downtown Memphis.
Memphis Parks: Memphis National Cemetery. Major Memphis parks include W.C. Handy Park, Tom Lee Park, Audubon Park, Overton Park including the Old Forest Arboretum of Overton Park, the Lichterman Nature Center – a nature learning center, and the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Shelby Farms park, located at the eastern edge of the city, is one of the largest urban parks in America.
Other points of interest in Memphis: Pyramid Arena. Beale Street
Blues fans can visit Beale Street, where a young B.B. King used to play his guitar. He occasionally still appears there at the club bearing his name, which he partially owns. Street performers play live music, and bars and clubs feature live entertainment around the clock. In 2008, Beale Street is the most visited tourist attraction in the state of Tennessee.
Sun Studio: Sun Studio was where Elvis Presley first recorded “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”. Other famous musicians who got their start at Sun include Johnny Cash, Rufus Thomas, Charlie Rich, Howlin’ Wolf, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Memphis Zoo: The Memphis Zoo, which is located in midtown Memphis, features many exhibits of mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians from all over the world.