Like any city, Memphis has its special treasures that make it unique. If you are looking for a truly local Memphis experience, be sure to check out these hidden gems:
National Ornamental Metal Museum 374 Metal Museum Dr: The only institute in the United States devoted exclusively to the art and craft of fine metalwork. The gallery houses a permanent collection of 3,000 works of jewelry, sculpture, and architectural ironwork, as well as special exhibits. The campus also includes a working smithy and foundry, giving you the chance to see artists and craftsmen in action. Admission rates are extremely reasonable.
Earnestine & Hazel’s 531 S Main St: This hole-in-the-wall has a long and storied history, as well as a reputation for being one of the best dive bars in the country. The beer is cheap, the only food on the menu is the famous (and delicious) Soul Burger, and the jukebox is haunted. If you’re looking for the most authentic local experience in town, this is where it’s at.
Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum 191 Beale St: Memphis’ musical history is voluminous to say the least. The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum started as a Smithsonian Institute research project and is the best place to get a comprehensive look of everything related to Memphis music in one convenient location. The museum is across the street from the Gibson Guitar factory at the FedEx Forum, making it an easy addition to any Memphis itinerary.
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