What is Memphis TN known for

Memphis: Home of the Blues

In Memphis you wear whatever you like, depending on the temperature. If you visit one of the more elegant restaurants in the city, a certain chic is definitely appropriate.

Culinary, festivals, art & more

Barbecue, soul, food and more
No matter how you write it - whether barbecue, barbeque, Bar-B-Q or BBQ: The delicious favorite dish of the people in Memphis comes from the grill. Barbecue is more than just food here, barbecue is a way of life. This also applies to the very substantial soul food. Everywhere in the city you can find corn bread, "catfish", cabbage leaf vegetables and hearty fried meat. In addition, almost the whole world is culinary gathered on the Mississippi - from Mexico to Italy to Vietnam.

Whether barbecue competitions or beer-drinking goats, whether the Beale Street Music Festival or the International Blues Challenge: Something is always celebrated in Memphis - always with ears, eyes and palate.

Art has class in Memphis - not just in the galleries on historic South Main Street and at the prestigious College of Art in Midtown, but also in theaters and concert halls, with dance and classical music too.

For the family
The list of things to do in Memphis for young and old is infinitely long - historical, educational, or simply entertaining. The Memphis Zoo, Mud Island River Park and the Children's Museum of Memphis, for example, offer fun and excitement.

For shoppers
Whether it's second-hand shops on Summer Avenue, dusty record stores in Midtown or bargain hunting in one of the shopping centers in East Memphis: Shopping fans will find everything their heart desires in Memphis.

Landmarks in Memphis

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music
The museum takes visitors on almost 1,600 square meters into the fascinating music world of Memphis Soul. Here you will find more than 3,000 exhibits, some of them interactive - from the origins of soul to the present day. These include videos and original instruments that produced the typical Stax sound. The museum also has old stage costumes, records and many other memorabilia: from the award-winning introductory film to the 100-year-old church from the Mississippi Delta, which refers to the origin of soul in gospel. 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN 38106, www.staxmuseum.com

Memphis Rock `n` Soul Museum
The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, the only offshoot of the Smithsonian Institution outside Washington, sheds light on the birth of rock and soul music in and around Memphis. The museum tells the story of musical pioneers who, through their love of music, overcame the barriers of skin color and social class to create a sound that shook the whole world. Rock 'n' Soul is the only museum to tell the whole story of this music. This makes the museum the ideal starting point for a musical pilgrimage through Memphis. The museum is located right in the center at 191 Beale Street, on the corner of the legendary Highway 61 in an extension of the FedEx Forum sports and entertainment complex.
191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103; www.memphisrocknsoul.com

The National Civil Rights Museum is in an impoverished neighborhood, just a few blocks away, south of the city center. The old Lorraine Motelwhere Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, has been restored and is now a memorial to the civil rights movement.
450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103; www.civilrightsmuseum.org

The well-known property of the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" is located south of the city and can be reached via I-55. The complex extends on both sides of Elvis Presley Boulevard with the Graceland Mansion and the extensive property on one side and museums, shops, restaurants, snack shops and the aircraft fleet on the other. During a guided tour you can visit parts of the house such as the jungle room, the individual living areas and the kitchen. The office is shown in the adjacent building. The former racquetball facility and the Trophy Building display the gold plates, costumes and unique collectibles. The tour ends in the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and some family members were laid to rest.

The Airplanes Tour begins in a simulated airport terminal from the 1970s. Afterwards, visitors can take a look inside the star's two private planes: "Hound Dog II", a Lockheed Jet Star with yellow and green interior, and the "Lisa Marie" named after his daughter, a custom-built plane with luxurious, gold washbasins. The Elvis Presley Automobile Museum displays the famous Elvis car collection. Among other things, his pink Cadillac from 1955 can be admired as well as two Stutz Blackhawks and a 1975 Dino Ferrari. His Harley Davidson motorcycles are not missing either. A NASCAR racing car named after Elvis is on display. In the Sincerely Elvis Museum, the King's private life is shown in a small exhibition through photographs, clothing and film material.
3717 Elvis Presley Boulevard, www.graceland.com

Blues Hall of Fame
In 2015, the American blues hall of fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, opened in Memphis. She has accepted almost 150 musicians into the circle of the greatest, including Robert Johnson, B.B. King and also Eric Clapton and Little Richard - from the beginning with the aim of creating a permanent home for the blues. This was now created in a centrally located brick building. You can see guitars, stage costumes, records, documents and many other artifacts. With more than 1,100 square meters of exhibition space, an important expansion of the range of unique music attractions in the city on the Mississippi River was created.

Memphis pyramid
The pyramid of Memphis shines in new splendor after a complete renovation. The former sports and concert arena, which opened in 1991, has now turned into a gigantic adventure retail store, primarily for hunters and anglers, with a themed hotel. A glass viewing platform promises magnificent views of the Mississippi River and the city. The retailer Bass Pro turned the inside of the pyramid completely upside down and designed the store for outdoor fans as a southern swamp landscape with ponds, alligators and an artificial duck habitat. A hotel with 103 rooms, The Big Cypress Lounge, was also built. At the top of the pyramid, The Lookout At The Pyramid restaurant and bar offer all-round views of the Mississippi.