What to See in Memphis, Tennessee? – Part 2

Of the large homes left on “Billionaires Row” there are four that you can go and visit, each with its own unique experience. Two of the houses have been turned into museums, the first of those is the Mallory-Neeley House which was first constructed in 1852. Here you will learn all about the residents of the home and what is truly impressive is that it is one of the oldest homes in the city to still retain its original interiors artefacts and furniture so it provides a real window into their lives. The second of these is the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum, this 1870 French Victorian mansion will teach you all about the cultural and architectural history of Memphis and as an added bonus it’s said to be haunted by the ghost of Mollie Fontaine herself, they even do late night ghost tours for those who would be ghostbusters.

National Civil Rights Museum – As I mentioned earlier civil rights is undoubtably linked to the South, subsequently it’s one of the best places to learn all about the subject. In the year 1968 on April 4th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel here in Memphis, Tennessee. Since then the building has been transformed into what is now the National Civil Rights Museum, a place to find out everything there is to know about the African American peoples ongoing struggle for equal rights. Through a series of comprehensive exhibits which showcase an impressive 260 artefacts along with an excellent array of interactive media presentations you’ll cover five centuries oh History. From slavery to modern day, there’s so much to cover here so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore everything there is to offer.

Attractions

Pink Palace Family of Museums – If you’re looking for somewhere that’ll be fun for the whole family then look no further than the Pink Palace Family of Museums. These guys have everything covered from history, to science, to entertainment. At the Pink Palace Museum, you’ll have a chance to explore the stories of both the culture and natural history of the south. You won’t just learn about how Memphis began but all about the different creatures that inhabited the area, that includes everyone’s favourite stars of prehistoric era, dinosaurs. There are plenty of skeletons and fossils to teach you all about these early residents of the area, just to top it all off why not show the kids Tyra, the huge animatronic T-Rex?

Perhaps you’re looking for something a little more out of this world? If that’s the case then you may want to visit another of the family of museums, The Sharpe Planetarium. This theatre-in-the-round seats 145 and has a screen area of 3,925 square feet, in fact it’s the largest projection screen in the City and is perfect for immersing you in its sights and sounds. It’s not just stargazing you can do here, (though that is certainly worth a view) there are actually a variety of shows to see, there are music shows, thrilling laser shows and at the moment you can even take a trip to Sesame Street.