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

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 24th 2020 12349 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.

A Tour of Possibilities Caravan Tour
Learn the incredible history of African American contributions to our city, see dozens of historic sites, and go deeper into the story of Memphis than you ever have before with A Tour of Possibilities’ new Caravan Tours. Let the ATOP van guide you around town, and listen to the personalized tours from the passionate guides via smartphone—in the safety and comfort of your own vehicle. Book 2.5 hour tours Tuesdays through Sundays via the website.

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 bus tours, 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. 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 is open to the public with guidelines—including masks required for guests 6 and over.

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens is open, the museum facility reopens on July 19.
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens are open but require reservations via the Dixon website—dixon.org/visit—or by calling at 901.761.5250 and leaving a message with your name, phone number, and the date and time you would like to arrive.  Someone will call you back and confirm the time you have chosen. Come in groups of five or less, masks are required, as well as social distancing. The gardens are open; museum facilities will reopen July 19th.

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 is open. 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 is streaming online concerts.
The Levitt Shell amphitheater’s 2020 in-person concert season is cancelled, but the Shell will continue to broadcast classic concerts from their archives every Friday—the Orion Virtual Music Series. They’re also launch a new ShellStream series on Saturdays as well, so you can fill your weekend with music even if you can’t gather in person. September’s streams begin with the Stax Music Academy on Sept 4, John Németh & the Blue Dreams on Sept. 5.

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

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

Malco Summer Drive-In is open + most Malco Theaters are reopened.
The Malco Summer Drive-In theater is open daily and tickets must be purchased in advance; it’s a $20 flat fee per carload (no single tickets). Here’s what you need to know. Most indoor theaters have also reopened or will soon. Check out the information on Malco’s website.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame is open.
The museum is open Wed. – Sun. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and guest numbers will be limited, guests are required to wear facial coverings, adhere to social distancing, and have temperatures checked.

Memphis Zoo is open.
The Zoo is open with social distancing guidelines, mask recommendations, and capacity limitations. Read the guidelines and see how many people are in the Zoo right now on the Memphis Zoo website. Note that masks are not required, so if you’re a mask-wearer, you will encounter other guests without them. Don’t want to go out yet? You can still support the animals by donating to the Emergency Support Fund.

The Metal Museum is open.
The Metal Museum’s main gallery building, grounds, and Blacksmith Shop are open to the public Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and pre-purchased timed entry tickets are required. Reserve your tickets on the Metal Museum website and then check out their new safety guidelines.

National Civil Rights Museum is open.,
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is open 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. 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.”

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.

Pink Palace Museum is open, including the CTI Giant Theater and Sharpe Planetarium.
The Pink Palace Museum is open, along with the Theater and Planetarium. New safety protocols require masks of all staff, temperature checks, guests are required 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 is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. They’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. They’re checking temps and require facial masks.

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. You 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 is open.
The Stax Museum is open 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 is open.
Sun Studio  is open 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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  1. Carolyn Michael-Banks says:

    Greetings Holly!
    Could you please include our new tour offering The Memphis Caravan Tour in the “What’s Open in Memphis” piece. Thanks!!!

  2. RIcky Windhorst says:

    I’m coming with a group in Oct. is the Blues Hall of Fame still closed???

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Hi Ricky, As of today, Sept. 28, the Blues Fall of Fame is still closed. It’s hard to say if they will reopen before you arrive. If you’re looking for alternatives or more ideas for your group, let me know—highly recommend the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Memphis Music Hall of Fame is your group is interested in Memphis music and the blues.

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