By Car

Traveling I-40 Eastbound

Take exit 1B for US-51/Danny Thomas Boulevard. Continue on Alabama Avenue. Exit ramp left at Alabama Avenue. Turn left on Poplar Avenue. Inside of the park continue straight ahead, and you will soon see the museum on the right.

Traveling I-40 Westbound

Take I-40 West from Nashville to Memphis. Follow the signs. Do not leave the expressway route, although you will see alternate directions for I-40. You will stay on the same road which will turn into Sam Cooper Boulevard, passing exits for Perkins Road, Graham Road, and Highland Street.

Continue on Sam Cooper Boulevard through 2 stoplights until you come to a T-intersection. This is East Parkway, and you will turn left. Go to the next traffic light and turn right. You are now on Poplar Avenue. As you travel West on Poplar Avenue, you will pass the forested area of the park on the right and come upon the golf course area. After you have passed the lighted intersection at Cooper Street, take the first right turn into Overton Park. You will come to a 4-way stop at the golf clubhouse. Continue straight ahead, and you will soon see the museum on the left.

Traveling I-55 Northbound

Take I-55 North into Memphis. I-55 turns into I-240 at a huge multi-interstate interchange, take I-240 West. Do not exit towards I-55/St. Louis signs. Continue straight North on I-240 to Union Avenue. Take Union Avenue East exit. Continue on Union Avenue for about 3 miles. Take Tucker Street to the left. There is a large buff brick Church of Christ building on this corner. Continue on Tucker Street, crossing Madison and Poplar Avenues. Follow straight into Overton Park. The museum is straight ahead on the right.

Traveling from the Memphis International Airport

Follow the signs from the airport onto I-240 West. Take Union Avenue East exit. Continue on Union Avenue for about 3 miles. Turn left on Tucker Street. Look for a large buff brick Church of Christ building on this corner. Continue on Tucker Street, crossing Madison and Poplar Avenues. Follow straight into Overton Park. The museum is on the right.

Traveling from Arkansas and Missouri

Take I-55 South from Northern Arkansas or Missouri, I-40 East from Central and Southern Arkansas. Take or continue on I-40 East and cross the Hernando Desoto Bridge (the northernmost one that looks like an “M”). At the end of the bridge is an exit for Front Street. Exit South. The next intersection you will come to is Poplar Avenue. Turn left on Poplar Avenue. Continue on Poplar Avenue for about 4-5 miles to Tucker Street (just past McLean Boulevard). Turn left onto Tucker Street and follow straight into Overton Park. The museum will be straight ahead.

Traveling Highway 78 West through Olive Branch

Take Highway 78 West through Olive Branch. Highway 78 West turns into Memphis’ Lamar Avenue. Take I-240 West to Airways Boulevard. Take Airways Boulevard North. Continue on Airways for about 5 miles. You will go past the Fairgrounds where the road changes names to East Parkway. Soon after the Fairgrounds, you will come to a large intersection at Poplar Avenue. Be careful, there are two sets of lights to watch for here! Take Poplar Avenue to the left. As you travel West on Poplar Avenue, you will pass the forested area of the park on the right and come upon the golf course. After you have passed the lighted intersection at Cooper Street, take the first right turn into Overton Park. You will come to a 4-way stop at the golf clubhouse. Continue straight, the museum will be on the left.

Traveling from Alabama

Take 78 West all the way into Tennessee (this becomes Route 4). Exit onto I-240 towards Arkansas/Little Rock/downtown. Stay on 240 until you see an exit for Union Avenue. Exit to the right taking Union Avenue East. Take Union Avenue until you reach Tucker Street (you will pass McLean Boulevard and Starbucks and a Walgreens). Turn left onto Tucker Street and follow straight into Overton Park. The museum is on the right.

By Bus

Visitors can access the Museum off MATA bus Route 50 Poplar. See all MATA routes and schedules.