Memphis boasts one of the Mid-south's richest cultural histories. It is the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll, and is the home of the National Civil Rights Museum. The downtown area still shows signs of the excitement, innovation, and youthfulness that then-unknown blues and rock and roll artists brought to Memphis in the 1950s. The epic Sun Studios, located a few miles east of Beale Street, recorded such renowned artists as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Ike Turner. During the 1950s and 1960s, Stax Records, a Memphis recording company, recorded some of the most important music in U.S history. Stax would give voice to such legendary musical artists as Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, and Otis Redding, and the world would groove to soul classics like “Soul Man,” “Hold On, I’m Comin’” and “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay". And of course, what would Memphis be without B.B King?
The historic Graceland Mansion, Memphis home of Elvis Presley, still stands on Elvis Presley Boulevard. A tribute to the success and fame of one of history's most prolific artists, Graceland is visited daily by devoted Presley fanatics.The legend of Elvis lives on in Memphis, from Graceland, to Sun Studios, to the myriad of great clubs and restaurants where up-and-coming bands try to make a name for themselves just like their rock and roll predecessor.
In recent years, Memphis has seen great growth in technology, entertainment, athletics, and upscale accommodations. In 2000, AutoZone park was constructed downtown to house the Memphis Redbirds baseball team, and in 2004 the $250 million dollar arena known as the FedEx Forum was constructed near Beale Street to host Memphis' basketball team, the Memphis Grizzlies. Last year, Minglewood Hall was constructed to host concerts, boxing, MMA, and roller derby. And in the upcoming years, the downtown Memphis area is slated to undergo a major "face lift", to make downtown Memphis more modern, more technological, and more innovative, than any decade in Memphis' well-rounded history.
The Brooks is a place where you can experience the transformative power of art. As one of the largest and most innovative art museums in the American South, the Brooks is recognized nationally for the museum’s innovative educational programs, continual community outreach, and world-class art collection.
1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, 38104 http://www.brooksmuseum.org/
The Center for Southern Folklore is dedicated to documenting and presenting the people, music and traditions of the region. It has collected images, sounds and artifacts to preserve and share this heritage. Its goal has always been the same: to make the South we know available for access and understanding by future generations.
The Pink Palace Family of Museum boasts a wide-ranging collection of historic, educational, and technological attractions maintained by the City of Memphis, Tennessee and Memphis Museums, Inc. Some of the finest attractions and exhibits in the country are operated by the Museum Family, including the Pink Palace Museum, the Crew Training International IMAX Theater, the Sharpe Planetarium, The Lichterman Nature Center and the historic Mallory Neely and Magevney Houses. The Lichterman Nature Center was the first accredited nature center in the United States.
Located at 191 Beale, on the corner of legendary Highway 61 at the FedExForum sports and entertainment complex, the museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural field hollers and sharecroppers of the 1930s, through the explosion of Sun, Stax and Hi Records and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70s, to its global musical influence. The museum’s digital audio tour guide is packed with over 300 minutes of information, including over 100 songs, and takes visitors at their own pace through seven galleries featuring 3 audio visual programs, more than 30 instruments, 40 costumes and other musical treasures.
It all began in 1906 with a black bear named Natch, a retired baseball mascot. Today, the Memphis Zoo spans 70 acres and is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. In 2008, the Memphis Zoo was ranked America’s number one zoo by TripAdvisor.com. In 2009, the Memphis Zoo was rated the top zoo in the country in a national survey by Morey Associates.The Memphis Zoo is home to the world’s longest living hippopotamus, “Adonis”, who died in 1965 at the age of 54. The male hippo sired approximately 25 offspring in his lifetime giving the Zoo claim to being the “hippo capital of the world."