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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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Address: 1934 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Phone Number: 901-544-6200
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Description: The state's oldest and largest art museum.
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Average Small City Musuem

I prefer the Dixon Gallery & Gardens over the Brooks, but if you're interested in art and have the time, go to both. The best thing about the Brooks is that it's located in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I prefer the Dixon Gallery & Gardens over the Brooks, but if you're interested in art and have the time, go to both. The best thing about the Brooks is that it's located in Overton Park, a lovely old park, designed by someone influenced by the same person who designed New York City's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted: http://www.parkfriends.net/overton-park.html Back... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Overton Park offers an interesting change of pace for visitors to Memphis. The outdoor public art attracted our attention and the quality of the winter light made photography a feature of our visit. Benches allow visitors to rest and appreciate the friezes and public art which surround the exterior of the Brooks Museum. I wish I could share my visual... More 

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Oxford, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The Brooks is fairly small but has a good collection representative of different periods of art. The setting, in Overton Park, is wonderful. Check the scheduled events and exhibits listings on the Museum website, so that you can choose your visit time to meet your interests. I find that just dropping in any time is a perfect way to discover... More 

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New York, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Coming from NYC, my museum standards are fairly high. I didn't have high expectations of this place and they were not nearly met. The animal mummy exhibit (from a Brooklyn museum no less) was spread out in a weird space that looked like the basement of an industrial building and had almost no impact. Once you've seen one ibis mummy,... More 

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Hernando, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Had a Groupon so we went and glad we did. They had a lot of different styles of art and an exhibit of Egyptian artifacts that always interest me. I thought the place was well laid out and had signs around each piece discribing each painter and piece of art. Highly recommend it and its right in front of another... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My daughter and I enjoy art and going to art galleries. This museum had a wide and interesting collection, from Renaissance to contemporary. They had a special exhibition of animal mummies that was particularly interesting. The museum also had interesting artwork from Africa and Latin America.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The Brooks Museum houses fine art in a permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions, a small section dedicated to children, and a theater that shows specialty films or has small concerts. Check the listings for what is going on so you can schedule your visit to take advantage of everything available. There is also a really nice restaurant which... More 

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New Paltz, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visited several times over the years, including November 2014, when there was an exhibition of Rodin's work the likes and size of which I haven't seen a visit to the Musee Rodin in Paris. Permanent collection is also impressive and well worth revisiting.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Last week our students visited the Brooks for a specific lesson entitled "Materials and Meaning". Our group was broken down into small groups for an intimate and in depth tour. The lesson was focused on specific pieces from the collection. After the tour, the students were invited into the studio to create art patterned after artist Willie Cole's prints made... More 

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Mendham, NJ
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Brooks has great shows and this one, originating from the Brooklyn Museum, was very interesting and entertaining. I read everything, and probably should have gotten the audio tour, but fell into a tour that touched on some interesting high points. I had no idea Egypt had so many millions of animal mummies, from ibises, cats and dogs to alligators and... More 

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