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Graceland, home of Elvis Presley
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Going down to the Graceland Gates, snapping a photo and imagining the King rolling down his driveway in a vintage pink Cadillac is always free. Graceland also offers free-admission walk-up visits to the Meditation Garden, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. daily.
Rated as one of the best zoos in America, the Memphis Zoo is one of only four zoos in the country to house the endangered panda. Residents of Tennessee can take advantage of free admission on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to close and visit the zoo’s 3,500 animals.
Mud Island Riverwalk
125 North Front St.
To get an understanding of the Mississippi River's role and influence over Memphis, visitors should take advantage of the free Mud Island Riverwalk experience. An epic scale model, the Riverwalk spans five city blocks, is dotted with the cities, bridges and drainage basins, and displays historic markers that give visitors more information about the history of the river and its people. The riverwalk is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m Tuesday - Sunday, April - October.
National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry St.
Housed in the historic Lorraine Motel, the National Civil Rights Museum is an intense, immersive tour through the civil rights struggle, from the early days of slavery to the museum’s moving conclusion. Tennessee residents may visit the museum for free on Mondays from 3 p.m. until closing.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E. McLemore Ave.
Maybe it’s Isaac Hayes’ gold-plated Cadillac, the Express Yourself dance floor or the hall of records. For locals, it’s the opportunity to walk through the sweet sounds of one of the most creative periods in Memphis history. Admission is free to Shelby County residents from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays.
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
4339 Park Ave.
With one of the region’s biggest collections of Impressionist paintings and decorative arts, visiting the Dixon in East Memphis is an incredible value for art lovers. Visitors can take in the collection, new exhibits and the well-manicured gardens free of charge on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. On Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., admission is pay-what-you-wish.
Center for Southern Folklore
123 S. Main St.
The Center for Southern Folklore is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “celebrating the arts, music, and heritage of the South from the cultural crossroads of Memphis.” Full of great music, and arts and crafts by local artists, the center often hosts live music events, storytelling sessions, and an affordable menu of soul food. The center is always open for free.
Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
332 N. Lauderdale
The life of Danny Thomas and the history of ALSAC and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are commemorated in the Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion. Located on the campus of St. Jude, admission is free every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University of Memphis Art Museum
The art museum at the University of Memphis features permanent collections of Egyptian and West African art, and changing exhibits of contemporary art. Free admission Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call the museum for dates, as it closes on university holidays and between exhibits.
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
191 Beale St.
The Rock ’n’ Soul Museum tells a musical story, from rural field hollers and sharecropper songs through the explosion of Sun, Stax and Hi Records. Created by the Smithsonian Institute, the museum offers music lovers a comprehensive digital audio tour with over 300 minutes of information, 100 songs and three audio-visual programs. The museum is free for Shelby County residents on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 7 p.m.