365 Things to Do in Memphis #252: Get in Free on Downtown Museum Day

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 29th 2014 2906 0

For those who need an excuse to visit (or revisit) some local attractions, here’s a good one: September 13th is Memphis’ annual Downtown Museum Day, a magical day when admission fees to some of Memphis’ most awesome attractions are reduced or waived entirely.

Lion, Belz Museum, Memphis, Tenn.

Here’s a list of this year’s participating museums and what they’re offering in the way of discounts:

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art:  Free admission

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa:  Free admission

Cotton Museum: Free admission

Elmwood Cemetery: Free self-guided audio tours from 8 a.m. until noon.

Fire Museum of Memphis: Buy-one, get-one-free admission

Gibson Guitar Factory: Buy-one, get-one-free admission for TN, AR, and MS residents with I.D.

Jimmy Ogle Walking Tours: Historian Jimmy Ogle is giving three free tours of downtown:
10:00 a.m. Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour (begin at the Cotton Museum)
11:30 a.m. Mississippi River Bluff to Beale Street Landing (meet at Court Square Fountain)

Memphis Hop: Half off all bus rides with stops at Stax, Metal Museum, Cotton Museum, Victorian Village, and Sun Studios every hour from10:30am to 7pm.

Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum: Free admission

Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park: Free admission

National Ornamental Metal Museum: Free admission

Shelby Farms Conservancy: Free admission

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: Half-off admission

Sun Studio: Free admission and tours to TN residents with I.D.

Woodruff-Fontaine House: Half-off admission and viewing of “50 Years Inside the WF”

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. […] reduced or free for one day! It’s the perfect opportunity for some history and culture.  Go here to see the full list of participating […]

  2. Helen says:

    The Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park is advertised above as Free, but when we got there, it was buy one, get one free. To add insult to injury, they were rude about it when we brought it to their attention. We loved the museums we made it to, but we opted to go to Mud Island because it was free over a couple of half-off ones we would have prefered to go to. Actually, we would have prefered not to have been rude to. You can almost always count on Memphis to have a really great idea and wonderful opportunity, just to have one person leave a bad taste in your mouth about it.

    • Holly Whitfield says:


      I’m sorry that happened. I just double-checked the press release I was sent by the Downtown Museum Day organizers which said “free admission” for Mud Island River Park. They must have changed it since the original press release.

      I’m sure it was just an accident on someone’s part, though I wish you hadn’t had the bad service experience. I hope you were able to enjoy the rest of your day!

  3. Helen says:

    I knew it wasn't ILMB or your fault. (We love your blog and are avid fans!) Mistakes happen, but I just thought someone would want to know that the manager quite haughtily explained that THEY didn't advertise it, so they weren't to blame. She sneered and briskly stormed away! We didn't ask for someone to blame or even for a free event that wasn't intended to be. We just wanted a pleasant experience! We won't go to Mud Island River Museum for that!

    The rest of the day was fantastic! Everyone else was very representative of Memphis hospitality and generosity of spirit that we have come so accustomed to here.

    Thanks for all of your GREAT work on behalf of Memphis! You represent it well! (We particularly like the food reviews and occasional history nuggets!)

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