Memphis is most famous for the blues, and you can have the ultimate Memphis blues experience by attending the 2011 International Blues Challenge on February 1-5! Watch as blues musicians from all over the world do their best as they compete for cash and prizes. Since this event takes place in various venues on Beale Street, you are sure to have an exciting time as you attend various performances by the world’s most talented blues musicians including Clover Blue, Danny J. Buck, and The Breeze Kings. If you love the blues, this is an opportunity that you certainly won’t want to miss!
While you are in Memphis, you can learn about the history of the city with a visit to the Pink Palace Museum. This unique attraction chronicles the history of Memphis and features a replica of the first Piggly Wiggly, which is the first self-service grocery store. You can also learn about natural history at this museum with the Pink Palace’s dinosaur exhibits. There is nothing quite like the Pink Palace Museum, and with its various exhibits, people of all ages are sure to find something to enjoy!
Memphis is home to the notorious location of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, and Memphis pays tribute to the Civil Rights leader with the National Civil Rights Museum. At the museum, which is located at the site where Dr. King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel, you can learn about various events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement and about the many people who are responsible for various civil rights events, like Rosa Parks and Booker T. Washington. This museum is so detailed that it covers events from the years 1619 to the present day, so you are sure to find a lot of fascinating information!