Memphis Journals

A Wicked Weekend in Memphis

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A June 2009 trip to Memphis by vampirefan

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel Photo, Memphis, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: In the last of my Memphis journals I review some of the wonderful attractions that made our weekend a hit.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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Attraction | "Where to Go for an Art Fix"

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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Sitting in Overton Park across the lawn from the marvelous Memphis Zoo, The Brooks Museum gives visitors to Memphis a chance to spend some time enjoying some truly amazing art. The Museum was opened in 1916 making it the oldest museum in Tennessee. The James Gamble Rogers designed Beaux-Art building was donated by Bessie Vance Brooks in memory of her husband, Samuel Hamilton Brooks. In 1955 an extension was added to the building. In 1989 the building underwent yet another expansion doubling its footage; a new public entrance was added as well as a 3-story gallery space. Thusly making it the largest museum in Tennessee as well. The building is a National Registered Landmark. ...Read More

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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
+1 901 544 6200

Memphis Zoo and Aquarium

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Attraction | "Curtness Exploded all Over"

Memphis Zoo and Aquarium Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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Since 1906 locals and visitors have been enjoying the wonderful Memphis Zoo. The Zoo is part of Overtone Park (and the Brooks Museum is within the park as well) just outside of downtown. More than 3500 animals call this place home and over 500 species are here covering 76 acres. They are divided into 3 zones with 19 exhibits with the most popular being the China exhibit which houses the panda bears. The zoo was started $1200 and was lead by Col. Robert Galloway who was over the Memphis Park Commission. It consisted at the time of 23 cages and a bear run. In 1959 the aquarium exhibit was added. It shows both fresh and salt water exhibits. In 1979 it underwent a major renovation. In 19...Read More

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Memphis Zoo and Aquarium
2000 Galloway
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
(901) 276-9453

Memphis Botanic Garden

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Attraction | "A Botanical Wonderland "

Memphis Botanic Garden Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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One of the many things I shared with my maternal grandmother, who I adored, was that we both loved flowers. I got that from here. She loved to garden and I loved to help her. Even today when I get in my gardens I feel her sprit. And so I love to go to beautiful gardens where ever I go. The Memphis Botanical Gardens offers up 96 acres of eye catching beauty located in Audubon Park just outside of the downtown area. Gardens were established in the park in 1953 but in 1966, the Memphis Botanical Gardens were formally established. The garden has 23 specialty gardens. Included are: Tennessee Irish garden, a rose garden, herb garden, Memphis Garden Club water garden, and my favorite the divinely...Read More

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Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38117
+1 901 685 1566

Backbeat Tours-Haunted Tour

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Attraction | "Exploring Memphis' Dark Side. "

Backbeat Tours-Haunted Tour Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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I love ghost stories and ghost tours. So I always look for ghost tours. But when I first started searching I couldn’t find anything. I knew a city with this history had to have a few ghosts around. I decided to keep looking. 4 search engines later I finally found Backbeat’s tour. I order my tickets and wonder if I had this much trouble if there will be anyone else on this tour. We are to meet on Beal St. When we arrive there are already about a dozen people waiting. A few others have gone to get some drinks and we are waiting for them to come back. We start talking to the others and find out they all experience the same problems trying to find the tour. Just imagine how many they could get...Read More

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Backbeat Tours-Haunted Tour
140 Beal St.
Memphis, Tennessee
901-272-2328

Orpheum Theater

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Attraction | "A Grand Place to See a Wonderful Show"

Orpheum Theater Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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After seeing the most amazing Broadway show, Wicked, here in Charlotte, I instantly fell in love with the show and knew I had to go see it again..very soon. So I looked to see where it was playing and decided on Memphis. And what a spectacular place to see any show. The Orpheum In 1890 the Grand Opera House was built at the corner of Main and Beal streets. It was considered the classiest theater outside of New York. Most of the entertainment at the theater was in the form of vaudeville. The theater became part of the Orpheum Vaudeville circuit. In 1907 they changed the name to the Orpheum Theater. In 1923 a fire broke out in the building during a strip tease act. ...Read More

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Orpheum Theater
203 South Main St
Memphis, Tennessee 38102
+1 901 525 3000

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

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Attraction | "Honoring the Past "

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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Even though I was only 3 when Dr. King was murdered, I remember my mom being so upset since he had admired his great man for many years. Growing up she told me about this great man named Dr. Martin Luther King and what he did. I have admired this man since I was a child and a few years ago when I was in Atlanta I got a chance to visit his final resting place. So I wanted to see for myself the place that this wonderful man was taken from us way to soon. The Lorraine Hotel and Dr. King On March 29, 1964, Dr. King was in Memphis in support of the black sanitary public workers. On April 3rd he delivered his powerful "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech which he delivered at the Mason...Read More

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National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
450 Mulberry Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 521-9699