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... to lay out the $45+-- depending on the tour—to see the inside).
Rock 'n Roll Museum
Made my way to downtown Memphis and parked just off the famous Beale Street. Decided to take in the Rock ‘n Soul Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, which sits just off Beale Street near the Fed Ex Forum which is home to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. The museum features seven galleries and the self-paced (each visitor is given a headset ...
... was when Elvis was alive, downstairs anyway.
Besides the house, there are archives to visit, and a number of exhibits and award displays to visit. You learn a lot about how generous and charismatic the guy was. I wouldn't particularly class myself as an Elvis fan, but it was quite a fun day :)
Ooh edited to add -because we've just been talking about it-:
A guy from our tour bus ...
... his factory is one of three - Nashville, corporate headquarters, Memphis and Bozeman, Montana. This factory produces 60 guitars a day, but it takes 3 weeks from start to finish. It was an interesting tour through the factory to see the guitars taking shape as they are assembled, painted, lacquered, etc. Great tour. We then went over to Stax Records for a tour. It started with a movie, which explained how there was no color barrier, just family, until M.L. King was assassinated ...
... the various exhibits there. They had his old cars on show, his outfits, videos of shows, but the most impressive of all, his two airplanes! One smaller one for his staff, which flew ahead of the larger one, Lisa Marie, which was for Elvis and friends. Getting to walk on this plane, and see how it was decorated inside was pretty amazing, and I never realised it was part of Graceland. The whole tour and exhibits were amazing and really exceeded my expectations ...
... the road in the building where the shot that killed King was fired from. Truly worth a visit to Memphis just to see this museum. You will learn so much.
A big surprise was the Dixon Gallery and gardens, the home of a wealthy plantation owner now converted to a gallery and garden. It had a small but excellent collection of Impressionist works and a really interesting temporary exhibition about the Memphis design movement which started in Italy in the 70's. The ...