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Metal Museum

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Address: 374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106-1514
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+1 901-774-6380
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12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Spend An Interesting Afternoon at the Metal Museum

I especially enjoyed the combination of exhibits and hands-on demonstrations in the foundry and blacksmith shop. Search 360.net using the museum name to see panoramic images.

Reviewed 24 December 2015
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Concord, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

While it was interesting, it was not what we expected. There were some interesting pieces, but we appreciated seeing the old buildings more. The gates fascinated us the most with their uniqueness. Was it worth it? Using Groupon, yes.

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Concord, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 24 December 2015

I especially enjoyed the combination of exhibits and hands-on demonstrations in the foundry and blacksmith shop. Search 360.net using the museum name to see panoramic images.

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Thank axialcompressor
Memphis
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554 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

This is an amazing museum with fascinating exhibits and activities throughout the year. Currently metal crafts from the 2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition are on display through March 13, 2016. It is a good reason to get to the museum. There are fabulous pieces in the exhibit, and a superb gift shop as well. Support this local Memphis treasure.

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Thank MissMem
Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2015

This inexpensive museum is well-worth an hour or two of your time. The current special exhibit is fascinating. The gift shop has LOVELY metal things at reasonable prices. It is interesting to watch the blacksmith at work. The setting along the Mississippi is very cool. (We saw barges going by as we strolled the grounds.) The yard art is interesting,... More 

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Thank retiredandlovingit07
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

I always enjoy Repair Days at the museum. There is always a phenomenal master metalsmith's work on display and this year was no different! Beautiful location right on the river, always a fun visit.

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Houston C, Public Relations Manager at Metal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Metal Museum and for taking the time to write a review! We hope to see you again soon! All the best, Houston Cofield Marketing Coordinator More 

Collierville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

One of Memphis best kept secrets. I've lived here my whole life and happened to stumble on the Metal Museum one day. I then brought my wife the following weekend, we were both amazed by the World Class Artisians.

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Houston C, Public Relations Manager at Metal Museum, responded to this review

Marty, thank you so much for visiting the Metal Museum! We are excited you and your wife came down to see us, and glad you enjoyed the artwork! We will have our holiday store opening on November 21st, and will have plenty of new artwork, jewelry and ornaments for the holidays so come back and see us soon! All the... More 

Denton, Texas
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

My husband is a machinist so I planned a stop here on our vacation. He really enjoyed the artistry of the displays and seeing their workshop. He said he learned a few things while giving a few pointers to the students he talked to. The grounds are beautiful and we really enjoyed the artwork.

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Houston C, Public Relations Manager at Metal Museum, responded to this review

Melissa, thank you for visiting the Metal Museum and for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor! We are so happy you enjoyed your trip to the Museum and hope you can make it back to see us soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

Interesting from the creative side & the metallurgy aspect. We are all familiar with wrought iron gates & fencing but giant daffodils, ornamental teapots, platters, benches; all stretch our ideas of what can be done with metal. Lovely grounds overlooking the river. Worth a stop to stretch your legs & your mind.

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Thank Linda G
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

Live demonstrations in the blacksmith shop make it a fall friendly destination. Cool exhibits, found object yard art and a killer gift store. Skip Graceland and take your out of town guests here instead!

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Houston C, Public Relations Manager at Metal Museum, responded to this review

Karen, thank you for your generous response! We think the Museum is a hidden gem in Memphis as well! Please come back and see us soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2015

I was impressed by the gate into the grounds. Take your time to see each individual piece of art on the gate. The gate is really amazing! I believe this would be better named as a gallery. Most of the metal sculptures are new, done by very talented artists. The items for sale in the museum store are done by... More 

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Houston C, Public Relations Manager at Metal Museum, responded to this review

Lea, Thank you for coming by the Metal Museum, and for taking the time to write a review! Linda's work is really great, and we are very pleased to have her showing here at the museum. Please come back and visit us soon! More 

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