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 'I Am a Man' image from the 1968 sanitation workers' strike (since immortalized in graffitied Technicolor glory on a wall at 390 South Main St) and 1957 Elvis and BB King photos, are displayed by themes such as civil rights or Memphis musical history.

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1. WC Handy House Museum

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2. Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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This Smithsonian museum, next to FedEx Forum, examines how African American and white music mingled in the Mississippi Delta to create the modern rock and…

3. Memphis Music Hall of Fame


It was a long time coming, but Memphis finally has a shrine to its own. This small but well-done museum, the sister gallery to the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul…

4. Elvis Statue

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The world's first bronze Elvis statue was erected in this small plaza in 1980.

5. National Civil Rights Museum

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Housed partly inside the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, is the gut-wrenching National Civil Rights Museum…

6. Blues Hall of Fame

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Dedicated to Blues Hall of Fame inductees, this intimate and well-done space features a rotating art gallery on the lobby level and a small but well…

7. Sun Studio


This dusty storefront is ground zero for American rock and roll. Starting in the early 1950s, Sun's Sam Phillips recorded blues artists such as Howlin'…

8. Mississippi River Museum

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Pop in here to learn a little bit more about the cultural and natural history of the Big Muddy. Be sure to check out the scale model of the lower…