Guided tours of current exhibitions, blacksmithing and foundry demonstrations and hands-on activities are available for groups of 10 or more on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30AM until 3PM and Sunday from 12:30PM until 3PM.

Image courtesy of the Metal Museum

What You Need to Know

Guided tours and hands-on activities are available for groups of 10 or more, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 AM until 3 PM, and Sundays from 12:30 PM until 3 PM. 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 demonstrations and/or hands-on activities. Groups are welcome to picnic on the grounds (subject to other scheduled events) and are responsible for picnic clean-up. Please notify the Museum when scheduling the tour if you would like to use the grounds for a picnic. If your group is more than 30 minutes late and hasn’t notified the Museum, your tour will be canceled without a refund.

Guided Tours

Basic tours include a guided tour of the changing exhibitions, the permanent collection and the grounds. Educational activity sheets are available upon request. Due to spacial limitations guided tour are limited to 60 attendees. For more information please email Youth Initiative Coordinator Ariana Sellers at ariana@metalmuseum.org.


The Metal Museum cordially welcomes all visitors. To schedule tours for groups with special needs, please email our Education and Commnity Engagement Manager Lori Gipson or call her at (901) 774-6380.


Guided tour only (45 minutes) 

Guided tour + 1 Metalworking demonstration (1.5 hours)

Guided tour + 2 Metalworking demonstration (2 hours)

Hands-on Activities can be added for an additional fee or scheduled separately.

$6.00 per person

$10.00 per person

$15.00 per person

Images courtesy of the Metal Museum


Demonstrations cannot be scheduled without a guided tour. Demonstrations allow for up to 20 participants per demonstration. Larger groups will be divided.


  • Resident blacksmiths demonstrate basic forging techniques, including tapering, bending, twisting and hand-punching a hole as they make a steel hook.


  • Learn how various types of molds are created and then watch as molten metal is poured into a mold to make a cast.


  • Two artists create a sword or dagger form using traditional blacksmithing team-striking methods. The demonstration can also explore the tales of Beowulf.

Hands-On Activities

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.


  • Students will use hammers and stamps to add their names, symbols or pattern to a piece of copper, which will be formed to fit the student's wrist.

  • FEE: $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. Students will make their own low relief, 2-D drawings in copper using a stylus tool to create patterns and textures on metal.

  • FEE: $10 per person

Art Tile Workshop

An art tile workshop is a great option for those looking for a more immersive experience! They work wonderfully for large groups and as a team building exercise.

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.

  • FEE: $45 per person. (Additional fees may apply to larger groups)

Art tile murals can also be done with the workshops. Contact us to learn more about design and installation fee.

For more information about guided tours, hands-on activities, and workshops please contact our Education & Community Engagement Manager, Lori Gipson, at lori@metalmuseum.org or call (901) 774-6380.



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TUES. - SAT. 10AM - 5PM, SUN. 12PM - 5PM