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National Ornamental Metal Museum

374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106
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Ranked #23 of 76 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum contains many fine specimens of delicately wrought metal work.

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San Francisco, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Far more interesting than I was expecting. It's really all about artistic and sculptural architectural metal. Great exhibitions in the temporary exhibition space. And you can see their workshop where there's someone to answer questions about how they make things.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I visited amongst several groups of school children. At first I thought it would be a big hassle, but it proved to be enjoyable. Watching the artists working with metal was outstanding. The gift shop was also great for Christmas gifts.

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Woodstock, Maryland
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184 reviews 184 reviews
50 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This museum is a gem off the beaten path in Memphis,but, well worth it. The buildings are beautiful as is the location. The quality and the craftmanship of the artwork is outstanding. The views of the river are compelling. This museum is well worth the trip to find it and the quality of the artwork really sets this museum apart... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautiful grounds overlooking the Mississippi River in a historic estate. The exhibit rooms are spacious. The artists are all over the map in terms of style. I tend to like the modern and unusual. The stuff that makes you think or laugh. Artists from all over the US. I loved it all. The gift shop is very nice. A little... More

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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We didn't know what to expect but we always like to try things that are 'different.' We were amazed at how much we enjoyed this place. They give you a map of the place and then you are free to roam the historical buildings. We will never look at a piece of wrought iron fencing or other metal items quite... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My wife recently surprised me with a trip and picnic here. We loved seeing the amazing art and ironworks around the property, as well as the demonstration. The grounds and view are beautiful, and were perfect for an river-view picnic.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Once you admire the figures welded to the front gate, you've experienced the lion's share of everything interesting about the metal museum. Frankly, there are front lawns in middle class neighborhoods that are at least as interesting. The grounds are pleasant -- they were setting up for a wedding on the property when we visited -- but nice properties in... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Small museum exhibition indoors and lovely garden to wander through with a variety of sculpture adding texture and contrast. The working smithy was a delight and run by very friendly staff who were happy to chat about their work. Live demonstrations are also available but check in advance for timings. Gift shop was wonderful! I just wish it had been... More

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Huntsville AL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Tucked under the bridge to St Louis on the banks of the Mississippi River, this place is a jewel. Enjoying a Tuesday evening extended hours, we toured the current fascinating exhibit of urban armament (silver, gold and brass knuckles were included.) Beautiful stuff. In the forge, we were given a demonstration of iron mongering showing how to make an ornate... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

loved the main buildings. Had all types of metal that you would wear. Chain Mail, steampunk outfits, dresses and jackets made completely of metal, ornamental brass knuckles made of everything but brass. The grounds have an excellent view of the Mississippi with all types of metal sculptures. This is an excellent place to visit. The only reason it didn't get... More

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