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National Civil Rights Museum

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The National Civil Rights Museum is the story of a people, of hopes and dreams, of challenge and change. It is an American story. This story and struggle that started many centuries ago, continues today—with you.  Exciting events, extraordinary speakers and special guests turn civil rights history into a one-of-a-kind museum experience.

STAX Records

Memphis-StaxSTAX Records Stax Records is synonymous with Southern soul music and is critical in American music history as it’s one of the most popular soul music record labels of all time.  It launched the careers of such legendary artists as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Booker T, & the MGs, and numerous others.

Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum

Memphis-RocknsoulThe Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world. The body of music that had the most influence on the culture and lifestyles of the world during the middle 20th Century unto this day.

SUN Studio

Memphis-sunSun Studio is a recording studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips. Rock and roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded there throughout the mid-to-late 1950s.

Graceland

GracelandGraceland, home to Elvis Presley, is located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard.  It currently serves as a museum and was opened to the public on June 7, 1982. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006. Graceland has become one of the most-visited private homes in America with over 600,000 visitors a year, behind the White House.

The Peabody Hotel

Peabody-HotelBuilt in 1869, The Peabody Hotel is a luxury hotel in Downtown Memphis. The hotel is known for the “Peabody Ducks” that live on the hotel rooftop and make daily treks to the lobby. The Peabody Memphis is a member of Historic Hotel of America,  the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Beale Street

Memphis-beale-street_800_50Beale Street, named for a forgotten military hero, runs from the Mississippi River to East Street in downtown Memphis. It is a significant location in the city’s history, as well as in the history of the blues. Today, the blues clubs and restaurants that line Beale Street are major tourist attractions in Memphis with festivals and outdoor concerts periodically bringing large crowds to the street and its surrounding areas.

Mud Island

Memphis-mud-islandMud Island (not actually an island) is a small peninsula surrounded by the Mississippi River to the west and the Wolf River Harbor to the east. Mud Island River Park and Museum opened to the public in 1982 and houses the museum, riverwalk, restaurants, and an amphitheater. The Riverwalk is an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River and fun for kids of all ages.

The Memphis ZOO

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There are lots of worlds to explore at The Memphis Zoo and more than 3,500 animals from over 500 species call it home. The zoo’s animal inhabitants reside in three zones with 19 exhibits, such as Teton Trek, Northwest Passage and China, home to Giant Pandas Ya Ya and Le Le.  Remember, there is always more to Zoo!