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Metal Museum

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Address: 374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106
Phone Number:
+1 901-774-6380
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee is the only Museum of its kind in...

The Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee is the only Museum of its kind in the United Sates. The Museum grounds consist of 3 and a half acres of land directly over looking the Mississippi River just south of downtown Memphis. On the grounds you will find a sculpture garden, a fully functioning blacksmith shop and foundry, a library holding our permanent collection, and our main Museum which houses rotating exhibitions of emerging and established metalsmiths worldwide. The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metal work. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration and consulting services, classes, internship and apprenticeship opportunities, and artist residencies. The value of the Metal Museum extends well beyond its exhibitions and facilities recognizing and promoting the careers of metalsmiths.

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Good demos, nice display. Small

Interesting and informative demos. Museum and collection are fairly small. My favorite was the old coffers and padlocks, which are upstairs in the library building.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits to see. I discovered it on Groupon. (Groupon has opened my eyes to many unique places to see while traveling!) We had a beautiful day and just enjoyed some quiet time strolling through. Ask about the history of the buildings; very interesting.

Thank Michelle T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting and informative demos. Museum and collection are fairly small. My favorite was the old coffers and padlocks, which are upstairs in the library building.

Thank nails6
Cordova, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were not really sure what to expect when we went to the metal museum but were pleasantly surprised with all the interesting metal sculptures and statues. I would recommend going down on Saturday or Sunday when they are giving demonstrations on forging and smithing metal. The demonstrations were the most interesting for me seeing some of the basic metal... More 

Thank jaungren
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The demonstration of metal forging and casting was very interesting and well done. The art was interesting, but the demonstration was what made our visit worthwhile.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The setting is wonderful and the exhibits are interesting. The grounds are scattered with art pieces; there are excellent demos and classes - check the website for schedules! Only negative was that the actual museum (the first building), didn't seem like much for the money, and the employee in the gift shop never spoke or looked up from her phone... More 

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Viola, AR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the time to visit this place. There was an amazing exhibit of cloisonne work when we were there. The gates are fantastic, and much of the work is done on the grounds using "antique" methods of blacksmithing and metal work.

Thank Sharmin J
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Unusual subject for a museum, absolutely gorgeous venue, a working facility for a lost art form. If you aren't fascinated by metalwork before you visit - you will be afterwards. Do this!

Thank PaynewayWalker
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We were in Memphis for a few days and looking for something out of the ordinary to do. We found the Metal Museum! Not only were the exhibits interesting on the interior but the gardens were full of sculptures There is a pagoda down By the river with a Wonderful view of the Mississippi. Don't miss the library exhibits and... More 

Thank CruzanLady
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I am ashamed to say that I have lived all my life in Memphis without visiting this place. My daughter and I went last Sunday and it was a great experience. There are several buildings with different displays, some experiential such as smithy work and molding pewter work. There is a library building, with another exhibit. The site is on... More 

Thank MemphisWanderlust
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped in later in the afternoon and spent about 2 hours at the museum. Our daughters age 12 and 7 enjoyed the exhibits as well as the demonstrations. The artists doing the demonstrations were friendly and knowledgeable. If I were local, I would definitely become a frequent visitor. As an art museum, it was small enough to hold all... More 

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