The Brooks is dedicated to enriching the lives of our visitors through the museum’s expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs. The museum provides visitors the opportunity to learn about the visual arts through diverse traveling exhibitions and thought-provoking in-house exhibitions.
New Year's Day
Monday + Tuesday
10a – 8p
10a – 4p
10a – 4p
10a – 5p
11a - 5p
Students (with ID)
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Every Saturday, your museum is FREE from 10a - 12p!
We are proud to participate in Blue Star Museums, a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation, and museums across the country. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art offers free entry for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families all year long.
School tours are designed to engage students in critical thinking about art, and to support students to develop visual literacy skills. Students of all ages are invited to explore the rich collection of the Brooks Museum on a tour.
School tours are sponsored by Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation.
Trained docents will lead student groups on a focused tour of the museum collection or special exhibition. Teachers can select the tour which best meets the needs of their students. Tours for all grades (pre-K-12) can be scheduled with an optional hands-on studio art activity. We recommend Guided Tours as the best way for student groups to experience the museum. All students who visit the Brooks Museum with their class will receive a family pass to return to the museum for a free visit. One adult per every 10 students is required. To schedule a Guided Tour, your group must include a minimum of 10 students. To schedule a studio art activity following your Guided Tour, your group must include a minimum of 20 students.
Self-guided tours are led by classroom teachers, home school parents, or community leaders. You may schedule a self-guided tour if you do not wish to have a docent guide your tour, if guided tours are not available on the day you plan to visit, or if your students will be carrying out an assignment in the galleries. Self-guided tours are available year-round. Maximum 40 students. 1 adult per every 6 students required.
The Tennessee Arts Commission generously offers arts grants through the Student Ticket Subsidy Program that can be used to cover the cost of bus transportation when visiting the museum for a guided school tour. Applications must be received no less than 30 days prior to the date of your tour. Payments are made directly to your school from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
For more information and application guidelines, please click here.
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.
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.
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.
Parking is available in front of the museum and along the roads within Overton Park. A street-level public parking lot behind the museum and next to the Overton Park golf course is also available.
Handicap spaces are located in front of the museum's plaza, near the main entrance.
Inside Art Guidelines
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art welcomes families to experience our permanent collection and traveling exhibitions, which feature art from all genres and time periods.
There are many ways to look at art with children. Here are some tips for planning your next visit to the Brooks, as well as a few ideas for follow-up activities.
Before you visit the Brooks Museum
What is an art museum? Talk with your children about what they think an art museum is and what they might see there. There aren't any fish or dinosaurs here; rather, we have sculptures, paintings, photographs, drawings, and even design objects.
Explain museum behavior. Look with your eyes, not with your hands. Use indoor voices. Walk, don’t run in the galleries.
When available, use one of our interactive Family Guides, which you can pick up at our Visitor Services desk. Or attend a family-friendly program. See our calendar for upcoming events.
Looking at art with your children
Ideas for follow-up activities
Community Days at the Brooks
For a fun, free family activity, come to the Brooks! Community Days allow families and friends to experience the museum in a fun, engaging environment. These free events feature art-making activities, events like storytelling in the galleries, musical and dance performances, and family-oriented gallery guides, all designed to engage families with current exhibitions.
Free interactive family guides, which include activities for families to complete both in the gallery and later at home, are created in conjunction with special exhibitions as well as for the permanent collection. Inside these guides families will find questions for guided looking, information on artists and artwork, and suggestions for further exploration. Guides are available at the Visitor Services desk and in the special exhibition galleries.
Brooks Summer Arts Camp
NEW in 2020, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art offers weeklong art camps for children ages 5 through 14, inspiring young minds to explore art and creativity. Camp includes active learning in the galleries, looking at original works of art, creating studio projects, active play, and more. Get inspired by works of art from the museum's collection and exhibitions! Please note: Campers bring their own snacks and their own lunches for all days of camp. Camp will be held Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended childcare available at an additional fee
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Wheelchairs are available at admissions at the front entrance, on the main floor. If you would like Security to meet you at your car at the front entrance, please call 901.544.6200. There are a limited number of wheelchairs, so they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The front is handicapped accessible with a ramp from the parking lot. Note: There is not an automatic door.
Tours for groups with special needs are available. To make a reservation, please contact the Tour Coordinator at 901.544.6215 or send an email.
To protect the art, motion sensors are tripped at one foot from the artwork. Should an individual require more accessibility, please call our Visitor Services Manager at 901.544.6256 to arrange a tour with a member of our curatorial staff when the museum is closed to regular visitors.
The Brooks has partnered with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs. The Brooks is committed to providing an inclusive and seamless experience for all guests for all events including those with sensory needs. We strive to raise awareness of the needs and challenges faced by individuals with sensory processing disorders by supplying our team with continuous training and by offering the resources and accommodations below to our guests.
Weighted lap pads and sensory bags containing special KCVIP badges, fidget tools, noise canceling headphones and other resources are available at the Welcome Desk.