Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 Directions
+19015446200
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  • Cuisine
    Catering, American, French, Cafe, European
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Website
    brooksmuseum.org
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Cuisine
    Catering, American, French, Cafe, European
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
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  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Lot
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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It all started with a fond remembrance. The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art first opened in 1916, funded by Bessie Vance Brooks in honor of her late husband. The original collection was small; just a few lovely paintings in an equally lovely building. Nearly a century later, however, the museum is one of the largest in the south, and houses thousands of pieces from antiquity to modernity.

  • Size: the museum began as an 8,200 square-foot building housing 19 paintings. Now, it encompasses more than 9,000 works of art and has grown to 86,000 square feet, thanks to the generosity of donors and a healthy diet of vegetables.
  • The Building: inspired by the Morgan Library in New York City, the Beaux Arts-style edifice was built from Georgian marble
  • Eye Catcher: Nam June Paik's "VIDE-O-BELISK", a towering structure made from vintage television cabinets and neon, which plays video and original music created for the piece by a number of artists
  • Permanent Mainstay: the Samuel H. Kress Collection, which includes Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Impressionist works by Pierre-August Renoir, Girolamo Romanino, and Sir Anthony van Dyck, among others
  • Don't Miss: a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed tall back chair from 1904
  • Special Programs: Brooks Films screens award-winning films of many genres and styles in the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium; the Art Open Late series features musical performances and artist talks on Thursday nights
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