Memphis Art and Culture

Memphis Art and Culture

When it comes to art and culture, Memphis has treasures you just won't find anywhere else.

Housed in the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, the National Civil Rights Museum brings to life the most significant moments of civil and human rights history.

The Brooks Museum features an impressive permanent collection of items ranging from medieval and Renaissance work, to modern art, and often showcases world-class exhibitions from around the globe.

Ballet Memphis brings top professional talent and choreographers to town. Named by the Ford Foundation as a "national treasure", Ballet Memphis productions range from the classic to modern, including original and thought-provoking works.

At the National Ornamental Metal Museum, you can see more than 3,000 pieces of contemporary and historic metal work, and even take a class in a working blacksmith shop.

The Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art houses a treasure trove of more than 600 Asian and European artifacts, including jade sculptures, ivory carving, and bronze ceremonial vessels.

The Memphis Cotton Museum shares the story of the crop that created empires, transformed American culture, and changed the history of the world.

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