REIGNITING THE FIRE
Creating a metal arts center in the heart of Memphis
Experiencing tremendous growth, the Metal Museum has launched a capital and endowment campaign to create a vibrant arts center that builds the Museum’s capacity to serve its audiences and advance its mission.
Despite the importance of metal to everyday life – from the built environment to utilitarian functions to aesthetic accompaniments – there is only one museum in North America dedicated specifically to this medium. Through its programs, the Metal Museum contextualizes the roles and uses of metal to create an understanding of the craft, its history, and its impact on contemporary art and design.
Through the campaign, the Metal Museum will transform Rust Hall from a private educational facility into a public, state-of-the-art museum facility, metals studio, and education center. The Metal Museum is on the cusp of a dramatic transformation – one that addresses its physical needs while simultaneously elevating programmatic opportunities for the Memphis community and beyond.
With expansive spaces and multiple amenities, the Metal Museum in Overton Park reignites this iconic Memphis landmark for visitors from all walks of life
to gather, connect, and create.
Connecting the two towers, the second floor terrace provides a space for Museum and rental events with stunning views of Overton Park.
Visitors are welcomed into an accessible and open ground floor entrance.
An expanded ground floor lobby provides access to all areas of the Museum, from the existing auditorium to the new Metals Studios.
The Metal Museum has long been one of the cornerstones of the Memphis creative community, bringing international exhibitions to the region and developing young artists.”
— MEMPHIS MAYOR JIM STRICKLAND
Richard Aycock, Chair
Shannon A. Brown
Douglas W. Ferris
Bryan K. Smith