Memphis attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Memphis


If you only make one stop in Memphis, it should be here: the sublimely kitschy, gloriously bizarre home of the King of Rock and Roll. Though born in Mississippi, Elvis Presley was a true son of Memphis, raised in th…
Top Choice Historic Site in Memphis

Sun Studio

This dusty storefront is ground zero for American rock 'n' roll music. Starting in the early 1950s, Sun's Sam Phillips recorded blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, BB King and Ike Turner, followed by the rockabilly …
Top Choice Museum in Memphis

National Civil Rights Museum

Housed across the street from the Lorraine Motel, where the Martin Luther King Jr was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, is the gut-wrenching National Civil Rights Museum. Five blocks south of Beale St, this museum’s ex…
Top Choice Museum in Memphis

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Wanna get funky? Head directly to Soulsville USA, where this 17,000-sq-ft museum sits on the site of the old Stax recording studio. This venerable spot was soul music's epicenter in the 1960s, when Otis Redding, Boo…
Museum in Memphis

Elvis Presley's Memphis

Opened in March 2017, Graceland's new $45 million, 200,000-sq-ft state-of-the-art entertainment complex is five times the size of the old visitor center. Highlights of the sizable many-museums-in-one, which is only …
Museum in Memphis

Memphis Music Hall of Fame

It was a long time coming, but Memphis finally has a shrine to its own. This small but excellent new museum, the sister gallery to the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, has some fascinating personal artifacts from its n…
Museum in Memphis

Blues Hall of Fame

This 2015 newcomer is dedicated to Blues Hall of Fame inductees. The intimate and well-done space features a rotating art gallery on the lobby level and a small but well-curated line of bluesy exhibits downstairs, t…
Museum in Memphis

Withers Collection Museum

Featuring content culled from a 1.8 million-strong photo archive, this museum and gallery pays tribute to the work of famed African-American photojournalist Bill Withers. Some of his most iconic pictures, like the '…
Church in Memphis

Full Gospel Tabernacle Church

On Sunday, put on your 'smell goods' and head to services in South Memphis, where soul music legend turned reverend Al Green presides over a powerful choir. Visitors are welcome; it's a fascinating cultural experien…
Museum in Memphis

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum/Burkle Estate

This unimposing clapboard house is thought to have been a way station for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, complete with trapdoors, cellar entry and cubby-holes.