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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis

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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an art museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The Brooks Museum, which was founded in 1916, is the oldest and largest art museum in the state of Tennessee. The museum is a privately funded nonprofit institution located in Overton Park in Midtown Memphis.
The original Beaux-Arts building, a registered U.S. National Landmark designed by James Gamble Rogers in 1913, was donated by Bessie Vance Brooks in memory of her husband, Samuel Hamilton Brooks. The cylindrical extension, opened in 1955, was designed by Memphis architect Everett Woods. The Brooks’ facilities also include the Brooks Museum Store, the Brushmark Restaurant, the Holly Court garden, and a grand terrace that overlooks the greens and trees of Overton Park. In 1989, the building was expanded and reoriented by Askew Nixon Ferguson (ANF) Architects & Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The expansion, which doubled the square footage of the existing building, included a new public entrance as well as a three-story gallery space where the old and new buildings join.
The facility consists of 29 galleries, art classrooms, a print study room with over 4,500 works of art on paper, a research library with over 5,000 volumes, and an auditorium. The collection has over seven thousand works of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and examples of the decorative arts. Of particular note are the Samuel H. Kress Collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, the Hugo N. Dixon Collection of Impressionist paintings, the Levy Collection of American prints, the Goodman Book Collection, and the Goodheart Collection of Carl Gutherz paintings, drawings, and archival material.
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  • We were visiting Memphis and actually wanted to go to the Zoo. The Zoo and the art museum are quite close to each other, and when we saw packed parking lots and huge lines to get into the zoo, we...  more »
  • We enjoyed the museum and the staff was phenomenal. The Diva exhibit was so beautiful and the permanent collection offered a respite from the daily grind of Covid. Thanks to everyone at the museum...  more »
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  • I must say that they have some really nice pieces here and the admission is quite reasonable. However, if you don’t like to have kids in your museum then just don’t let them in. A 10 & 12 year old know better than to touch anything. When a boy is 3 feet from a painting he is not “too close”. A little over the top.
  • Baseball photos, old art, a teddy bear made of bullets, you couldn't ask for more. I wonder how much they paid for "Semiotics of the Kitchen" a 6 minute black and white video of some gal holding up kitchen utensils. Seriously, that's all it is. Modern art is some kind of money laundering scam right? That's the only plausible explanation. ...everything else in the museum is pretty good.

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