Tours can be scheduled on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11AM to 3PM and must be scheduled a minimum of five days in advance.
Gold Tours options are for small groups of up to 6 people. These tours include a guided 20-minute walkthrough of the Sculpture Garden with discussions about the Museum's history and artworks currently on display. Each tour is followed by a hands-on activity.
18K Tours include a walkthrough of the buildings and sculpture garden while learning about the history of the Metal Museum and the artwork currently on display. Afterwards you will learn about copper stamping and create a piece of artwork to take home. You can choose a copper cuff, keychain, or make a stamped copper collar tag for a furry friend.
$20 per person | Approx. 1 hour
22Karat Tours include a walkthrough of the buildings and sculpture garden while learning about the history of the Metal Museum and the artwork currently on display. After your tour, you will have an hour to participate in an activity of your choosing: Copper Flower Bouquets or Chasing Repoussé Copper Tiles.
$30 per person | Approx. 1.5 hours
24Karat Tours include a walkthrough of the buildings and sculpture garden while learning about the history of the Metal Museum and the artwork currently on display. For the hands-on activity, participants will be able to design their own aluminum art tile which will be cast on-site. Guests will have the option to pick up their tiles that day or have them shipped for an additional fee.
$45 per person | Approx. 2 hours
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE TOUR
This tour is for visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing. This two-hour tour discusses the art and history of the Metal Museum and includes the current exhibitions and sculpture garden. The tour is conducted in ASL only; no voice interpretation is provided. This tour does not include an activity.
$10 per person | Approx. 2 hours
4th Grade Tour
This tour is only for MSCS 4th grade classes that are participating in Discovering Memphis. The 1.5-hour field trip to the Metal Museum will consist of a 30-minute tour of our current exhibitions, a 30-minute scavenger hunt in our sculpture garden, and a 30-minute hands-on activity that consists of making a twisted wire ring.
Guided tours and hands-on activities are available for school groups of 10 or more on Tuesday through Friday from 10AM until 3PM. Groups larger than 20 will be divided and may be asked to come on separate days. All guided tours must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. The total length of a tour is 45 minutes without a metalworking demonstration, 1.5 hours with one metalworking demonstration, and approximately 2 hours with additional hands-on activities.
$10 - $15 per person | 45min - 2 hrs
Hands-on activities may be scheduled without a guided tour, in which case general admission is included in the cost of the activity. There is a 10-person minimum to schedule a hands-on activity. Activities work well for large groups or as team-building exercises for corporate visitors.
Visitors will use hammers and stamps to add names, symbols or patterns to a piece of copper, which will be formed to fit the visitor's wrist.
$10 per person
Chasing repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped to create a design in low relief. Participants will make their own low relief, 2-D drawings in copper using a stylus tool to create patterns and textures on metal.
$10 per person
Art Tile Workshops
Each participant draws a design in a pre-made sand mold, called a scratch block, using a stylus tool. Molten metal is then poured into the molds. When the metal has cooled participants have a custom 4" x 4" art tile. A staff member is available to answer questions and provide assistance during this activity. Guests will have the option to pick up their tiles that day or have them shipped for an additional fee.
$45 per person