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Review of Metal Museum

Metal Museum
Ranked #24 of 155 things to do in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee is the only Museum of its kind in the United Sates. The Museum grounds consist of 3 and a half acres of land directly over looking the Mississippi River just south of downtown Memphis. On the grounds you will find a sculpture garden, a fully functioning blacksmith shop and foundry, a library holding our permanent collection, and our main Museum which houses rotating exhibitions of emerging and established metalsmiths worldwide. The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metal work. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration and consulting services, classes, internship and apprenticeship opportunities, and artist residencies. The value of the Metal Museum extends well beyond its exhibitions and facilities recognizing and promoting the careers of metalsmiths.
Reviewed August 6, 2014

It was very interesting to go through. They had a lot of pretty pieces spread throughout the place and the area it is in is nice and quiet. This isn't a place where I would bring a little one though. They would get bored pretty quickly. I can see someone going there just to sit and enjoy the scenery and quietness.

Thank mdelaware657
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

I had never heard of this small museum, but was so glad we persevered (closed on Monday!). The special exhibit was wonderful, and very well presented. The museum is small, but watching the workmen creating these amazing pieces made it worthwhile.

Thank Beth A
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

They have some really interesting pieces here. However, it is a really small museum, and there's not a whole to see. Also, the exhibits do not have sufficient explanation to intrigue the average person. It does have a good lookout over the Mississippi river.

Thank f1999308
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

Wow!! What great artists. Turning found "stuff" into yard art. One day I would love to do something like this. The weekend we went they did not have a "yard art" class. One day I will return and get to get my hands dirty!!

Thank Ardith A
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

The National Ornamental Metal Museum is one of Memphis' best kept secrets. You could spend 30 minutes just looking at the rosettes on the gates. The museum itself is small, which is great for quick visits or visits with older folks or anyone who doesn't get around too well. The main building has rotating collections, while another building houses their permanent collection. The gift shop is very cool and has items in almost any budget. The museum sits on the bluff of the mighty Mississippi River, making it a great place to sit and watch the barges go by. The grounds have art in every nook and cranny. Don't miss the smithy where you can watch blacksmiths, both apprentice and professional, perform their art. Feeling adventurous? Sign up for one of their classes and make art of your own. This is absolutely one of my favorite attractions in Memphis. And check out the history of the surrounding areas, which include a yellow fever hospital (with claims of ghosts), ceremonial mounds built by Paleo-Indians in the 1500s, which were hollowed out and used for gun emplacements and munitions storage during the CIvil War, and where Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto first viewed the Mississippi River in 1541. http://www.metalmuseum.org/history1.html

Thank whitestripe
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