An artist painting in Memphis

Experience Fine Arts In Memphis

From the galleries of historic South Main to the classrooms of the Brooks Museum in Midtown, Memphis’ arts community is thriving. Beyond the visual arts, the city offers plenty of live theater, dance, classical music and arts festivals.

Memphis has several distinguished art museums. The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Overton Park is home to a collection of more than 8,000 pieces of art. The permanent collection includes Renaissance, Impressionist and modern paintings, sculptures and photography, and special exhibits are brought to the museum several times a year.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens in East Memphis has a permanent collection of 2,000 paintings, sculptures and pieces of decorative art. The museum grounds are home to a series of lush seasonal gardens.

Perched on a bluff south of downtown, the Metal Museum offers one of the most stunning views of the Mississippi River in the city. The museum is the only one in the U.S. entirely devoted to metalwork. The picnic-perfect grounds, which are open during museum hours, are free to the public.

If you’re visiting Memphis on the last Friday of the month, don’t miss one of the city’s coolest arts events. Trolley Tour happens monthly in the historic South Main Arts District. The street’s galleries, shops and restaurants stay open late, and trolley rides are free.

If you're looking for more inspiration for your visit to explore the city's art scene, check out the video below. Memphis Original Brandon Marshall, a local graffiti artist, takes you on a guided tour of the best and most authentic art exhibits throughout Memphis.