When it comes to experiencing both local and traveling exhibitions, we’re surrounded by solid options. We can pop into the Brooks, make our way to the Zoo, or even stumble upon a pop-up piece in a park. And now, to add to the mix, we can head over to Graceland where a new state-of-the-art exhibition space will play host to some pretty incredible and informative displays.
This Saturday, May 25th, the Graceland Exhibition Center will officially open its doors offering a rotating line-up of installations and displays for all ages to enjoy.
“We are thrilled to be opening the new Exhibition Center that will be a fun and educational experience for Memphians and their families to enjoy. We designed the Center with the local community top of mind. Each rotating exhibit will offer Memphians and Graceland visitors an opportunity to explore new worlds,” stated Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “We will also work closely with Whitehaven and all Shelby County schools to ensure students have the chance to use the Center as a learning tool.”
The lineup of exhibits currently includes:
National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers (May 25-September 9)
“Earth Explorers allows guests to let their imaginations run wild as they become explorers and embark on an adventure to discover new species, study animal behavior and learn about the important role technology, innovation and ingenuity play in making and documenting these discoveries.”
Muhammad Ali: Greatest of All Time (May 25-September 15)
“Discover the true story behind the most recognizable sports figure of the 20th century. Experience the thrill of the fights and be mesmerized by both the grace and power of Ali the boxer and the incredible amount of hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice that went into Ali’s battles both in and out of the ring. Explore the life of Muhammad Ali through his personal artifacts and experience his story through immersive photo opportunities.”
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Presents: A Century of the American Motorcycle (May 25- November 23)
“Although putting a motor on a bicycle was deemed crazy at the time, centuries later the motorcycle has become a social and cultural symbol, a symbol of freedom that has found an enduring place in America. This exhibit explores a century of developers, inventors, and dreamers that pushed the envelope on what two wheels can do.”
Space: An Out-Of-Gravity Experience (October 11-January 5)
“Guests are immersed in the challenges that astronauts – and the engineers and scientists that make their journeys possible – face. Space features over two dozen hands-on, interactive exhibits, whole body experiences and authentic NASA space artifacts that engage visitors with the unparalleled adventure of space exploration.”
The 80,000 square foot space will not only emulate a museum of sorts, but also features the TCB Food Hall and Jungle Room Bar for wining and dining, and a separate 10,000 sq. ft. rentable space providing a unique backdrop for private events.