Last Updated on February 20, 2023 by admin
With the world-famous title of the “Home of the Blues” and “The Birthplace of Rock and Roll,” who would not feel thrilled or excited to visit the city of Memphis? It is perhaps the perfect spot if you love music, especially if you’re into the genre of soul, gospel, rock ‘n roll, and R&B. Even then, the city has plenty more on offer if you’re not music’s biggest fan.
In this article, we have rounded up ten must-visit places in Memphis, with a particular focus on music spots and destinations. We have also included some more casual places just to diversify the list a little bit. If you’re planning to visit the city, accommodation surely won’t be an issue as there are plenty of vacation rentals Memphis offers all year round.
Graceland is a mansion that was the former home of music legend Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. After having served as Presley’s residence, the place was converted into a museum and has become a world-famous tourist destination that attracts millions of visitors each year. The museum houses a variety of exhibits that portray Presley’s life and career. Some of the most notable displays you’ll find here include the Jungle Room, Presley’s trophy room, and his amazing car collection.
- Sun Studio
The Sun Studio is a recording studio that first opened back in 1950. This place is believed to be the specific birthplace of rock and roll. Sun Studio is the site of choice for recording sessions for plenty of famous musicians, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King. Sun Studio is open for tours where visitors can see the studio’s equipment collection and can learn more about the history of the place and how its rise to fame.
- Memphis Zoo
Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals from over 500 unique species. It’s located in Overton Park in Midtown, Tennessee. The zoo is sectioned into several distinct areas, such as the African Veldt, the Primate Canyon, and the China exhibit. These areas individually focus on different types of animals, which can really make you feel like you’re traveling to different environments. Apart from this, the zoo also has a children’s petting area where kids can play and interact with the animals. Finally, they also hold a variety of educational programs and activities all throughout the year.
- National Civil Rights Museum
This museum is the historical site of the Lorraine Motel, where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. took place in 1968. Aptly named, this museum is dedicated to the history of the civil rights movement and features plenty of exhibits and displays that showcase the movement in its entirety.
- Beale Street
Located in downtown Memphis, Beale Street is a historic place known for its blues clubs and live music. Famous musicians, including B.B. King and Johnny Cash, consider this place home. Today, this street is a popular destination with plenty of clubs, restaurants, and shops to keep both tourists and locals entertained.
- Stax Museum of American Soul Music
This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of soul music as well as the Stax record label. Stax is a well-known record label that features iconic artists such as Isaan Hayes, Otis Redding, and Sam and Dave.
- Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum
Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum is dedicated to the history of rock and soul music. Displayed as the main focus in their exhibits is the evolution of these two genres of music as well as the city’s role and impact on the development of these genres.
- Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Taking a break from music, this next item on our list is an art museum that features a wide range of art collections from all around the world. The items displayed here include that of artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Cezanne.
- Memphis Botanic Garden
The Memphis Botanic Garden is a relaxing nature spot that features a variety of plants and gardens. The garden is sectioned into different areas, including a Japanese garden, a rose garden, and a children’s garden.
- Memphis Pink Palace Museum
Rounding off our list is a science and history museum that offers plenty of interactive exhibits. Here, you’ll find a lot of interesting displays about science, technology, history, and culture. This museum also includes a planetarium as well as an IMAX theater.