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What’s the Culture Like in Memphis?



For younger Americans who weren’t born in Tennessee and aren’t Elvis fans, when we hear about Memphis, we probably think of the Marc Cohn song “Walking in Memphis.” It turns out that the song embodies a lot of the spirit of the town’s music-soaked streets and homeland pride. Here are some of some of the great things you will stumble upon when you visit the famous city of the South, a perfect place for families, foodies, music lovers, and more. 

  1. Family Activities are Abundant

There are endless places for families to spend time together in Memphis. The Children’s Museum of Memphis has both indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as a Grand Carousel. The Pink Palace Museum is in Midtown, and will prove to be an excellent stop for lovers of history. And, believe it or not, Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid, which is a 535,000 square foot wonderland, includes an interactive museum, aquarium, bowling alley, and more. There’s never a lack of places to explore, whether it’s a museum, landmark, cultural center, or even a humble park or restaurant. And speaking of restaurants…

  1. BBQ City!

Memphis has a reputation for its dry rub rib, pulled pork, fried chicken, delicious sauces and seasonings, among the many other delicious dishes that we love to devour straight from the grill. Memphis is known as the barbecue capital of Tennessee, thanks in part to the countless BBQ restaurants in town and the community pride in cooking and food-based celebration. Foodies will love the variety and quality of the BBQ in town, as will the casual lover of authentic BBQ goodness. 

  1. History is Important

Not only is contemporary culture important in Memphis, but so is cultural history. There are countless museums and landmarks, with the most notable educating people about the plight of African-American slaves in the 19th century. Museums of note include the National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.

  1. Breweries

Memphis is home to multiple local breweries that boast excellent craft beers. The brews unsurprisingly are made to go perfectly with the famous barbecue cuisine around town. Every year in the spring, the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest is held in Midtown Memphis. Twenty small craft brewers gather to take part in revelry and share samples with attendees. The best known breweries in Memphis include the High Cotton Brewing Co., Wiseacre Brewing Co., and the Ghost River Brewing Co. 

  1. Music

In the 1940s, Beale Street was lined with jazz and blues clubs, serving as the stomping grounds for musicians and music-lovers, alike. The music scene is booming today with the same joy and fervor, thanks to the remaining presence of music venues, recording studios, and museums including The Stax Museum and the aforementioned Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. The history of blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll all have roots in Memphis, and any music lover looking to set down their roots will certainly want to look into Memphis Houses for Sale after visiting.