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National Ornamental Metal Museum

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Address: 374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106
Phone Number: 901-774-6380
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This museum contains many fine specimens of delicately wrought metal work.

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Love this spot! Great Museum with awesome history & an active foundary

Really awesome place if you have an interest in blacksmith work. Highly recommended The museum was cool with original works and vintage ornamental gates and art spread out over... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
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Staten Island, New York
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Staten Island, New York
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94 reviews 94 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Really awesome place if you have an interest in blacksmith work. Highly recommended The museum was cool with original works and vintage ornamental gates and art spread out over 2 buildings. An active Foundry was in effect with approx. 8 active blacksmiths hammering away. The apprentice came over introduced himself and answered questions. A pouring was scheduled for 3pm but... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Tucked away on the south side of the I 55 bridge off exit 12 C is the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Conceived in 1975 and opened in 1979 it is the ONLY institution in the US devoted to the preservation and promotion of metalwork. Sitting on three ish acres of the old Marine hospital overlooking the Mississippi River this is... More 

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Metropolis Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We both like to visit the historical locations and the unusual museum and so forth in an area. Glad we stopped in here on our way out of Memphis. We are not Elvis people so there was plenty to see and do here to make a second trip. I am an artist at heart so a stop in here was... More 

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Houston, TX
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I like small, special interest museums, and this fit the bill perfectly. The first thing you see when you arrive is the huge '10th Anniversary Gate' made out of ornamental metal rosettes, each rosette being made by different artisans from around the world. It was so fascinating that I think I stood there and looked at it for about half... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It is a very quirky museum but it hosts one of the best views of the Mississippi River. It features a very specific kind of art and even has workshops for artists working with the medium of metal. Definitely worth a visit.

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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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Sacramento
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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196 reviews 196 reviews
54 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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Cincinnati
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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