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

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

What museums, attractions, parks, and things to do are open in Memphis?

Shelby Co. Health Dept's Directive 16 (in place December 26 - January 22) means that some attractions have closed temporarily, but others remain open with capacity, safety, and mask guidelines.

Here's all the info, and what's open in Memphis:

Shelby Farms Park.

A Tour of Possibilities Caravan Tour: Open and You CAn Stay Safe in Your Own Car!
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.

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 and Memphis Historic Walking Tours. The downtown Memphis Bike Tours in partnership with Explore Bike Share will return in March 2021. You can get gift certificates for Backbeat now—they never expire! All tours 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 Shelby County Health Department's Directive 16. Dine-in is limited to 25 percent capacity, and takeout and curbside dining are available. Live music and entertainment are 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 closed. 
The hall of fame's location is closed until further notice.

The Brooks Museum is closed, but offering virtual tours.
The Brooks Museum facilities are closed until Jan. 22 but they're offering virtual tours of all 2020 exhibitions, including Native Voices, Rotunda Projects: E.V. Day – Diva’s Ascending,  Journey Towards Self-Definition: African American Artists in the Permanent Collection, and the current Power and Absence: Women in Europe, 1500-1680.

The Memphis Botanic Garden is open.
From December 26, 2020 until January 22, 2021, the Memphis Botanic Garden's outdoors spaces are open, but the Gift Shop will be closed. Holiday Wonders at the Garden is 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 4:30 p.m.

Children's Museum of Memphis is temporarily closed.
CMOM is temporarily closed from December 26th through January 22.

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens is open for normal hours.
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens are open for regular hours, but require reservations via the Dixon website—dixon.org/visit.

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 are open with social distancing guidelines and new rules. There are several that operate year-round, even in winter, so check out the 2020 Farmers Market Guide for a list and links to info.

The Fire Museum of Memphis is open.
The Fire Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.) and masks or face shields are required. Check their website for details.

Graceland is open.
Graceland is open. Tours are at very limited capacity. Employees will wear masks, guests are encouraged to wear masks, and everyone's getting their temperature checked. They highly recommend buying tickets in advance. More details here.

Historic Haunts Memphis closed until March 2021.
The local tour company Historic Haunts is closed until spring 2021, but you can pre-book your Memphis Ghost Walks, 2 In 1 Tours, and Memphis Haunted Bus Tours. Check out the schedule and reserve your space on their website.

The Levitt Shell is temporarily closed.
The Levitt Shell amphitheater's 2020 in-person concert season was cancelled, and the Shell is normally dark until the late spring.

Lichterman Nature Center is temporarily closed.
The Lichterman Nature Center is closed to the public through January 22, 2021.

The Mallory Neely House and the Magevney House are temporarily closed. 
These two Victorian Village homes are closed through January 22, 2021.

All Malco Theaters in Shelby County are closed until Jan. 22.
Just what it says—one exception is Malco Summer Drive-In. Areas outside of the County can check malco.com for information.

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 closed.
The Memphis Zoo is temporarily closed through Jan. 22.

The Metal Museum is closed for the holidays.
The Metal Museum will be closed from December 20 – January 25 and will reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 26.

National Civil Rights Museum is closed until further notice.
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is closed until further notice.

The Peabody Hotel is open. 
The hotel is open, but the twice-daily Peabody Duck March is open for hotel guests only. Dining and drinks at Capriccio Grill, the Lobby Bar, or Peabody Deli & Desserts are available. The Feathers Spa is open for facials and massages, too.

Pink Palace Museum is closed until January 23rd.
The Pink Palace Museum is closed until Jan. 23, along with the Theater and Planetarium.

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.

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum is closed. 
The Slave Haven museum is closed until further notice.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music is closed through Jan. 22.
The Stax Museum will reopen on Jan. 23 with 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 temporarily closed
Sun Studio is temporarily closed.

Urevbu Contemporary gallery is open by appointment only.
Urevbu Contemporary (formerly Art Village Gallery) in South Main is open for in-person visits by appointment only, or you can peruse the online viewing room.

The Withers Collection is open by appointment only.
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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Carolyn Michae…
Greetings Holly! Could you please include our new tour offering The Memphis Caravan Tour in the “What’s Open in Memphis” piece. Thanks!!!
July 24, 2020 3:03pm

Holly Whitfield
Absolutely! Added. Thank you! This is something everyone should experience.
July 24, 2020 4:35pm

RIcky Windhorst
I'm coming with a group in Oct. is the Blues Hall of Fame still closed???
September 22, 2020 5:59pm

Holly Whitfield
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.
September 28, 2020 10:24am