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A Local’s Guide to Free & Discounted Doings in the 901

Photo: Memphis Museums- Pink Palace

Looking for fun stuff to do around the city for free? Look no further! Choose 901 has your back. Check out the following free and discounted days for local residents:

Memphis Pink Palace Museum3050 Central Ave

  • The Pink Palace Museum is one of the mightiest museums in the Mid-South! You can familiarize yourself with the history of Memphis, stroll through a replica of the first Piggly Wiggly grocery store, interact with Tyra the T. rex and explore many more fascinating exhibits!
  • Museum exhibits are free on Tuesdays from 1PM-5PM
    • (Free admission does not include CTI 3D Giant Theater and Planetarium showings).

Memphis Zoo2000 Galloway

  • Did you know the Memphis Zoo is one of the top rated zoos in the USA, and  one of only four zoos in the country to accommodate the endangered panda?! Well, Le Le is not the only animal waiting to greet you.
  • Residents of Tennessee with a valid driver’s license or state ID can take advantage of free admission on Tuesdays after 2PM!
    • Certain exhibitions are not included with free admission* 

Graceland  – 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd

  • You’ve heard the music, now see the place Elvis called home. Explore the beautiful mansion, walk the gardens where he found peace, tour the aircraft that he traveled on from show to show, and encounter Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex for an unforgettable experience featuring legendary costumes, artifacts, and personal mementos from Elvis and his family.
  • Begin your morning with meditation at the Mediation Garden which is free for walk up visitation daily from 7:30AM-8:30AM

Stax Museum of American Soul Music – 926 E. McLemore Ave.

  • A gold Cadillac, an eccentric dance floor and hall of records? Stax Museum features all of that and then some while sharing the sweet sounds of  Memphis’ most eclectic eras as you make your way through each exhibit.
  • Admission is free to Shelby County residents from 1PM to 5PM every Tuesday!

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art – 1934 Poplar Ave.

  • From  permanent painting and sculptures to temporary touring works, the Memphis Brooks Museum houses over 9,000 works in mixed medias made from across the world.
  • Admission is pay-what-you can every Wednesday from 10AM to close.

Dixon Gallery – 4339 Park Avenue  38117

  • Dixon Gallery features a variety of elegant gardens in addition to permanent and rotating art exhibits throughout the museum space.
  • Free admission is available on Tuesdays from 10AM-5PM and Saturdays from 10AM-noon!
    • *Reservations are encouraged during COVID 19 as a limited capacity is still being enforced!

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum – 191 Beale S

  • The Rock ’n’ Soul Museum tells the tale of  of Memphis’ musical background, offering music enthusiasts a comprehensive digital audio tour filled with over 300 minutes of information, hundreds of songs and three audio-visual programs.
  • The museum is free for Shelby County residents on Tuesday afternoons from 2PM- 7PM.

National Civil Rights Museum – 450 Mulberry St.

  • Housed in the historic Lorraine Motel, the National Civil Rights Museum is an educational, immersive tour that dives into our country’s fight for civil rights, from the early beginnings of the slave trade to the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 70s.
  • Tennessee residents are eligible to visit the museum for free on Mondays from 3PM- 6PM.

Memphis River Parks – 125 North Front St.

  • The Memphis River Parks Partnership spans five city blocks, displaying historic markers for visitors to learn more information about the history of the river and its people. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with a view—and if you’re lucky, you might stumble upon a free event like the Riverfront Market or Salsa at Sunset. 
  • The Parks are open 6AM – 8PM daily.

Elmwood Cemetery  – 824 S. Dudley

  • Elmwood Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places and also houses an official Bird Sanctuary and Arboretum. From civil rights leaders and blues singers to outlaws, madams, and millionaires, this is the final resting place of many Memphis moguls—and their stories are waiting to be heard.
  • The cemetery is open daily 8AM – 4:30PM. If you’re down with being your own tour guide, walking and driving tours are free!

Memorial Park Crystal Shrine Grotto – 5668 Poplar Ave.

  • Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez built the man-made cavern, a site to see filled with crystals, rock formations, and religious dioramas of the 1930s. Located in Memorial Park Cemetery, the grotto is a hidden gem and open from 6AM-10PM each day.
  • Reminder this is located within a cemetery, so be mindful of its sanctity. 

Peabody Ducks – 149 Union Ave.

  • Ever seen a duck a red carpet? Well, you’re about to! Daily at 11AM and 5PM, the grand lobby of the Peabody Hotel allows space for five North American Mallards to strut their stuff. The famous ducks stroll the red carpet, complete with introduction and visiting paparazzi.
  • The Peabody Duck March is completely free and open to all who want to visit. 

Metal Museum374 Metal Museum Drive

  • Dive into the history of metalwork as you make your way through 3.2 acres of land featuring rotating exhibitions, permanent collections, a sculpture garden, and more!
  • The one of a kind Metal Museum offers free admission to TN Residents every Thursday.
  • A current TN state issued photo ID is required for free admittance for visitors 18 years of age or older. Visitors under the age of 18 without a state issued photo ID must be accompanied by a current Tennessee resident with a valid photo ID.
    • Free admission does not apply for guided tours.

Mighty Lights 

  • It’s kind of like a river disco! Every night, Memphis’ iconic Hernando de Soto and Harahan bridges are LIT with state-of-the-art LED lights, so make your way downtown, bring a speaker, and dance it out—or don’t. You can sit and watch if you want to, too!

Center for Southern Folklore123 S. Main St.

  • The Center for Southern Folklore is a nonprofit organization where the heritage of the South meets the cultural crossroads of Memphis. The center often hosts live music events, art shows and storytelling sessions, and is always open for guests to pop in for free.

Shelby Farms Park6903 Great View Dr. N. 

  • Shelby Farms Park is a 4,500-acre park in the heart of East Memphis. With trails for walking, biking and running, playgrounds, a splash area, fishing, a herd of buffalo and plenty of space—Shelby Farms is the perfect place to spend a sunny day, for free! The park is open sunrise to sunset each day.
    • `**For a fee, however, you can also go horseback riding, rent bikes or check out a canoe, kayak or paddleboard to explore the park’s Hyde Lake.

Levitt Shell Concerts1930 Poplar Ave. in Overton Park

  • Built in the 1930s and recognized as the site of Elvis’ first professional rock ‘n’ roll show, the Levitt Shell is an outdoor performing arts pavilion located centrally in Overton Park. Every summer and fall, the Levitt Shell hosts free concerts, bringing a wide variety of performers to the stage—as well as yoga, crossfit, and other outdoor activities!
    • Keep an eye out for an upcoming programming they’ve planned!

A. Schwab’s Dry Goods Store163 Beale St.

  • A. Schwabs, established in 1876, is the only remaining original business on Beale Street. Its three floors are filled with store relics, voodoo powders, Memphis music, retro toys and the largest collection of hats in town—making it perfect for browsing around. They’ve even got an old fashioned soda fountain so you can travel back in time for a milkshake or two!
  • A. Schwab is open Monday through Wednesday, 12PM.-5PM.; Thursday, 12PM-6PM; Friday and Saturday, 12PM-8PM and Sunday, 11AM-5PM.

Bike Routes

  • Encompassing more than 60 miles of bike lanes, off-road trails and protected pathways, bike routes in Memphis are a fun and fast way to get around. Designed for both recreational and commuter riders, these trails allow you to bike along the Mississippi River, down the Shelby Farms Greenline, Hampline Bike Route, along the Wolf River Greenway, through city parks and beyond!

Downtown Memphis Commission Sidewalk StoriesDowntown Memphis

  • Follow a series of bronze plaques laid in the concrete of Downtown Memphis. More than 50 plaques tell of the city’s colorful history, including Cotton Row, once the hub of the global cotton industry. 

Head out on a Memphis Mural Tour – Across the city

  • You’re never too far from a mural in Memphis! Seriously, if you go out walking long enough, you’re bound to find a public work of art that’ll make a beautiful backdrop for all of your photos and selfies.
  • Need help getting the hunt started? Check out Paint Memphis, or Memphis Art Project so you know where to find some fancy street art.
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