Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Memphis, TN



About the Museum

The Brooks Museum, founded by Bessie Vance Brooks in memory of her husband Samuel Hamilton Brooks, opened in 1916. Located in the historic Overton Park of Midtown Memphis, the Brooks is the oldest and largest encyclopedic art museum in the state of Tennessee. Since it's opening, there have been three expansions to the original building in 1953, 1973 and 1989.

Nearly 9,000 works make up the permanent collection including ancient works from Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Americas, Renaissance masterpieces from Italy, English portraiture, American painting and decorative arts, contemporary art, and an award-winning survey of African art. The print study room houses over 4,500 works of art on paper. The Brooks hosts four to six traveling exhibitions each year which typically run for eight to twelve weeks. There are also smaller, in-house exhibitions highlighting the permanent collection throughout the year. In the Education Gallery, "emerging artists" are highlighted twice a year. (right: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Photo: © 2012, John Hazeltine)

The Brooks' most successful and highest profile fundraising event is the glamorous and fun Memphis Wine + Food Series, a series of wine events and lifestyle auctions taking place each spring. Through events such as the Memphis Wine + Food Series, tens of thousands of children receive art education every year. Many of the top vintners in the world join hands with the Brooks every year to make it all possible. This event has become one of the top wine-related events in the southeast, bringing a special casual Memphis flair to the best and finest wine and food in the world. (Museum information updated 3/12)

For hours and admission fees please see the Museum's website.

Image of MBMA logo courtesy of the Museum

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