Memphis Hop

Don't want to drive? Just hop on the bus to see some of Memphis's finest attractions. The Metal Museum is happy to be a part of Memphis Hop, a bus service linking eleven venues, including Graceland, the Memphis Zoo and the National Civil Rights Museum. Check out the Memphis Hop website for more details and special discounts!

Live Demonstrations

In addition to working full-time on commissions and repairs, our talented staff and artists will be presenting specialized demonstrations every weekend for you! These demonstrations will take place during normal business hours for admitted guests on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 3:00.

Watch at 2:30 in the Schering-Plough Smithy as a talented artist uses the ancient technique of forging, taking heat and hammer to a piece of metal. While you are there, see several examples of what can be achieved in metal and what types of projects we work on!

At 3pm in the Lawler Foundry watch casting artists pour various metals into molds made of sand. Casting is an exciting and pivotal point in foundry work. Our skilled staff will be on hand to answer questions and explain the process of casting metal (iron, aluminum, bronze).

Scheduled Tours

Groups of all ages enjoy viewing exhibits in the Museum galleries. When scheduled two weeks in advance, groups of ten or more will receive a tour guided by a knowledgeable staff member. Then, the Museum metalsmiths demonstrate their craft in the Schering-Plough Smithy.

Many groups bring lunch and relax at the picnic tables or on the River Bluff Pavilion overlooking the Mississippi River.

Admission for tour groups of 10 or more is $5.00 each, including tour leaders, chaperones, and teachers.

To schedule a tour, please call or email Judy Davis at 901-774-6380 at least two weeks in advance.

For Memphis Tour Planning assistance, please contact Lisa M. Cantron, National Sales Manager, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. By Phone: 901.543.5337 or by email.

Visit the Metal Museum

Admission Prices

Adults: $6.00
Seniors 62+: $5.00
Students (with valid ID) and Children 5-18: $4.00
Free for children under 5, Museum Members, AASLH members, and tour bus operators.  The Museum Store may be visited free of charge.

Hours of Admission

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Demonstrations: Saturday and Sundays at 2:30 pm (forging) and 3:00 pm (casting)

Closed Mondays and during exhibit changes. The Museum is closed on Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Dec 24-26, Dec. 31, and Jan 1.

The Museum is CLOSED due to weather when Shelby County Schools are closed.

Please note: the main Museum building will be closed June 17 - 20, 2014, for renovation. During those days, the Library, Schering-Plough Smithy, Lawler Foundry and grounds will be open and free to the public.

Driving Directions

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The Museum is located at 374 Metal Museum Drive just south of downtown Memphis. 

map to museum

From downtown Memphis
Get onto Riverside Drive going South. Take the I-55 North Exit to St. Louis. Stay in the right lane. You will take the last exit before going over the bridge to Arkansas. This is Exit 12C - Metal Museum Drive. Follow Metal Museum Drive under the interstate and veer to the right. Follow the road to the end of the bluff. The Metal Museum is on the right.

From I-40 East or West
Take Exit 1 Riverside Drive. From Riverside Drive take the I-55 North Exit to St. Louis. Stay in the right lane. You will take the last exit before going over the bridge to Arkansas. This is Exit 12C - Metal Museum Drive. Follow Metal Museum Drive under the interstate and veer to the right. Follow the road to the end of the bluff. The Metal Museum is on the right.

From I-55 North
Follow I-55 North and stay in the right lane as you approach the bridge to Arkansas. Take Exit 12C - Metal Museum Drive. This is the last exit before you cross the bridge into Arkansas. Follow Metal Museum Drive under the interstate and veer to the right. Follow the road to the end of the bluff. The Metal Museum is on the right.

From I-55 South
Once you have crossed the bridge into Tennessee take the first Exit on the right. This is Exit 12 C – Metal Museum Drive. Follow Metal Museum Drive and veer to the right. Follow the road to the end of the bluff. The Metal Museum is on the right.

From Highway 78
Go West on Highway 78. 78 is also known as Lamar Avenue. Lamar will become Crump Avenue and Crump becomes I-55 North. Stay in the right lane. Take the last Exit before you go over the bridge. This is Exit 12 C - Metal Museum Drive. Follow Metal Museum Drive under the interstate and veer to the right. Follow the road to the end of the bluff. The Metal Museum is on the right.

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