What’s Open In Memphis? Updates For Attractions, Museums, and Parks

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 12th 2020 4189 0

What’s reopened in Memphis? Museums, parks, tour guides, attractions, and activities have reopened after closing for Memphis’ coronavirus safer-at-home orders.

So here’s what’s open and their new guidelines and policies to keep us safe:

Wide open spaces at Shelby Farms Park.

Art Village Gallery is open.
Art Village Gallery in South Main is open for in-person visits by appointment only, or you can peruse the online viewing room. Appointment hours are Mon. – Fri. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Backbeat Tours is open.
Backbeat Tours is offering limited seating for the Memphis Discovery and Memphis Mojo bus tours, which are offered on Saturdays and Wednesdays through June. All guests must wear masks and tours will be limited to twelve people for bus tours and eight people for walking/bike tours. Backbeat is also offering Ghost Tours, Memphis Historic Walking Tours, and a brand new tour: Memphis Bike Tours downtown in partnership with Explore Bike Share on Saturdays and Sundays. All depart from the Alfred’s Patio Bar on Beale.

Beale Street is partially open. 
Most—but not all—restaurants and clubs on Beale Street are open under the City’s Phase II guidelines (50 percent capacity, tables six feet apart, masks strongly encouraged, etc.) Live music and entertainment allowed under guidelines: performers must be six feet apart and fifteen feet away from guests. There are dancing rules, too: “Dancing should not be allowed unless it occurs outdoors and dancers maintain six feet separation from those who are not of their same household.”

The Blues Foundation Blues Hall of Fame is temporarily closed. 
The hall of fame’s location is temporarily closed. I’ll update as soon as we receive word of their reopening.

Botanic Garden is open.
The Memphis Botanic Garden’s outdoors spaces are open, but certain areas like the Children’s Garden, red bridge, prehistoric plant trail will remain closed. Read more guidelines and get your tickets on the Memphis Botanic Garden’s website. The Garden is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children’s Museum of Memphis opens June 16. 
CMOM reopens to the public on Tuesday, June 16 just in time to celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary. There will be new guidelines—including masks required for guests 6 and over—and a $16 discount on new, renewed and gift memberships from June 1 – June 30.

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens is open to members and will open to the public on June 23.
The Dixon reopened on June 9 for members and will reopen on June 23—with free admission. It’s open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., and Third Thursdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed Mondays. Also be sure to tune in to their virtual content on Facebook.

Edge Motor Museum is open.
The Edge Motor Museum is reopened with regular daily hours, Mon. – Fri. from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Farmers Markets.
Farmers markets in Memphis and the Mid-South, including the downtown Memphis Farmers Market, have reopened with social distancing guidelines and new rules. Check out the 2020 Farmers Market Guide for a list and links to info.

Graceland is open.
Graceland reopened Thursday, May 21. Tours are at 25 percent capacity and 50 percent capacity for other spaces. Employees will wear masks, guests are encouraged to wear masks, and everyone’s getting their temperature checked. They highly recommend buying tickets in advance, because let’s face it—with limited crowds, daily tickets will sell out fast. More details here.

Historic Haunts Memphis is open. 
The local tour company Historic Haunts is open and offering Memphis Ghost Walks, 2 In 1 Tours, and Memphis Haunted Bus Tours with reduced tour sizes and masks required. Check out the schedule and reserve your space on their website.

The Levitt Shell’s summer season is postponed.
The Levitt Shell amphitheater’s summer season is off, but they are hosting online virtual concerts!

Lichterman Nature Center is open.
The Lichterman Nature Center reopened to the public on June 9. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

The Peabody Hotel is open. 
The hotel is open, plus you can catch the twice-daily Peabody Duck March, dining and drinks at Capriccio Grill, the Lobby Bar, or Peabody Deli & Desserts. The Feathers Spa is open for facials and massages, too.

The Mallory Neely House and the Magevney House are temporarily closed. 
These two Victorian Village home remain closed for the time being. I’ll update you when I hear news.

Malco Summer Drive-In is open + select Malco Theaters are open.
The Malco Summer Drive-In theater opened in May with new rules. It’s open every day and tickets must be purchased in advance; it’s a $20 flat fee per carload (no single tickets). They have double features on four screens and I’m doing my best to keep that movie schedule updated in our drive-in post. Here’s what you need to know.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame is open.
The museum reopened on Wednesday, June 3 and will be open Wed. – Sun. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with half-price admission for Shelby Co. residents through June.

Memphis Zoo is open.
The Zoo is open with social distancing guidelines, mask requirements, and capacity limitations. Read the guidelines and see how many people are in the Zoo right now on the Memphis Zoo website. Don’t want to go out yet? You can still support the animals by donating to the Emergency Support Fund.

National Civil Rights Museum will open July 1 
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel will open on July 1 with adjusted hours: Mondays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wed. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission for Tennessee Residents with proof will be 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Mondays. NCRM is closed on Tuesdays. There are new safety guidelines, too, including masks required for all guests and staff—masks provided for guests who don’t have one—and capacity limited to 30 percent.

More details for National Civil Rights Museum: “Tickets can be purchased at civilrightsmuseum.org starting Thursday, June 18 for tickets for July 1 and after. Timed ticketing is scheduled every 20 minutes three times each hour to regulate capacity and social distancing. Use of credit or debit cards instead of cash is encouraged in the Museum Store.”

Pink Palace Museum is open.
The Pink Palace reopened to the public on June 9 . The Theater and Planetarium are still closed. New safety protocols require masks of all staff, temperature checks, guests are highly encouraged to wear masks, and capacity is reduced. The Pink Palace Museum is open Tue. – Sat. 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (members only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Rock ’n’ Soul Museum is open.
The Rock ’n’ Soul Museum reopened on May 21. They’ll be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. They’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Rock ’n’ Soul Museum will also offer half-priced admission for Shelby County residents (with proof) through the end of June. With the discount, tickets will be $7.50 for adults and $5 for youth.

Shelby Farms Park is open.
Shelby Farms Parks grounds, lakes, trails, Shelby Farms Greenline, off-leash dog park, horse stables, gift shop, Go Ape Treetop Adventures course, and Battlefront laser tag + paintball are all open.

Bike rentals and boat rentals are open, but are available by advanced reservation only. The Visitor Center restroom is open but all other restrooms are closed. Cheffie’s is open.mYou can view the park’s amenities opening guidelines on their website.

Shelby Forest State Park is open. 
Shelby Forest, along with most other Tennessee State Parks, are open for day use, as well as access to most trails, boat ramps, and other activities

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will reopen on June 18.
Stax will be open to the public June 18 – 27 on Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. After July 1, the Stax Museum will return to regular hours of Tue. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Shelby Co. residents can enter for free on Tuesdays after 1 p.m. Tickets should be purchased in advance if at all possible, and all transactions will be cashless. Read more about reopening guidelines on StaxMuseum.com.

Sun Studio opens June 1.
Sun Studio reopened Monday, June 1 with limited capacity and new rules to accommodate the historic site’s intimate spaces. Tours are capped at 15 people, everyone must wear masks or face coverings, and everyone will have their temperature taken before entering (any temp above 100 will not be allowed). Tour tickets will be offered as usual on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Withers Collection
The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery on Beale Street is open by pre-paid appointment only for groups of 10 or less, with 24 hours notice. Get details and reserve your space here.

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