Downtown Museum Day 2011 Guide

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 31st 2011 1895 0

Alright, Memphians – it’s time to fess up. When’s the last time you visited one of the city’s museums or attractions?

Chances are, it’s been a while. Sure, you may have taken your friends or family to see a few things the last time they came in town, but I know there are a lot of you who haven’t seen the inside of a local museum since the last time you went on a school field trip.

Museum sign, Memphis, Tenn.

If you need an excuse to visit (or revisit) some local attractions, here’s a good one: September 10th is Downtown Museum Day, a magical time when admission fees to some of Memphis’ most awesome attractions are reduced or waived entirely. Note that some of the discounts only apply to Tennessee residents.

Here’s a breakdown of participating museums and what they’re offering:

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art: half-price admission ($3 adults, $2 students), 10 percent off at the gift shop, and two screenings of the Korean film “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring”.

Cotton Museum: half-price admission ($5 adults, $4.50 students, $4 kids ages 6-12). There will be guided tours of the museum, hands-on activities, storytellers and an afternoon Seersucker Social party with live music and cocktails.

Memphis Cotton Museum, Memphis, Tenn.

Elmwood Cemetery: free self-guided audio tours from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and a free guided tour at 10:30 a.m.

Fire Museum of Memphis: buy one, get one half-price admission (regularly $6 for adults and $5 kids).

Jimmy Ogle Walking Tours: free walking tours of downtown with local historian Jimmy Ogle. You can go on a manhole cover tour (leaves from the Cotton Museum at 10 a.m.), a Cotton Row tour (leaves 11:30 a.m. from the Cotton Museum), a Mississippi River tour (leaves 1 p.m., Confederate Park) and a Court Square Tour (leaves at 3 p.m. at Court Square).

Mud Island River Park Mississippi River Museum: buy one, get one free admission (regularly $10 adults, $7 kids). There will also be an hour-long guided tours of the model Mississippi River at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The Hattiloo Theatre company will perform at the park from noon until 3 p.m.

National Civil Rights Museum: buy one, get one free admission (regularly $13 adults, $11 students and seniors, and $9.50 kids).

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tenn.

National Ornamental Metal Museum: free admission to the museum. There will also be blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: buy one, get one free admission (regularly $12 adults, $11 students, seniors and military, and $9 kids). They’ll have a special exhibit celebrating the life and work of Otis Redding on display.

Stax Musuem, Memphis, Tenn.

Sun Studio: free admission and tours all day.

Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: buy one, get one half-price house tours (regularly $10 per person).


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Downtown Museum Day says:

    If anyone has any questions, email downtownmuseumday@gmail.com!

  2. Peggy Lovell says:

    Kerry,
    I think the information for Woodruff-Fontaine was sent to you incorrectly. The deal for Discover Memphis Day is buy one, get the second half off (2 for $15, instead of $20). Thanks, Peggy

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