Opened to the public in 1916, the Brooks Museum is the oldest fine arts museum in the state, housing works from antiquity to the contemporary. It is located in the heart of Memphis in the historic Overton Park district in a 86,000-square-foot building.
The museum’s permanent collection boasts works from, among others, Camille Pissaro, Renoir, Winslow Homer, and Robert Motherwell, and is focused on Italian Renaissance and Baroque as well as British, French Impressionist, and 20th-century artists. One of the museum’s popular permanent collections is the “global survey” of art, which includes works from Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean; a large collection from the Ancient Americas; and an award-winning collection of African Art. The museum also has a very active events calendar for visitors of all ages, so check the website before you go!
The Brooks Museum Information
- Hours: Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Admission: Regular admission is $9. Seniors 65 and older are $8. Students and youth aged 7-17 are $5. Members are always admitted free of charge.
- Free Days: Admission is free on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Tours: Museum-trained volunteer docents provide enjoyable and educational tours suitable for a variety of visitors, including adults, families, and students of all ages. Group tours are also available for a small fee.
- Subscription/Memberships: Individual membership starts at $50 and includes free museum admission, discounts on exclusive film screenings, 10% discount at the museum store, invitations to “Members Only” events, and reciprocal membership at over 30 museums in the Southeast.