This is a nice museum, with perhaps the best fine art in Memphis along with the Belz. The museum is not giant, but I spent quality time admiring the artworks, especially the master paintings (e.g., Bouguereau, Canaletto, van Dyck, Renoir, Gainsborough, etc.). Not sure why, but I didn’t expect to see a collection of this quality in Memphis (was I intoxicated by recording studios?).
The entry level is where most of the cool artworks are: Renaissance/Baroque, French, American and some 20th century works; many awesome paintings. Downstairs are the special exhibitions (check the website). Upstairs are the collections of antiquities, African (excellent!) and Pre-Columbian art.
The [original] Beaux-Arts style building is a Registered U.S. National Landmark. Spend some time to walk around the building and admire the architecture.
Admission is only $7, and on Wednesdays you can choose whatever admission fee you like (minimum one penny). I happened to be there midday on a Wednesday, and the museum was not crowded at all. You can see everything in two hours. I had a nice lunch in the Brushmark restaurant (if the weather is good, check out the outdoor seating). Open Wednesday thru Sunday.
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