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Art Museum of the University of Memphis

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The Art Museum of the University of Memphis, also known as AMUM, is a free art museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Since 1981, it has showcased a wide variety of artwork on the University of Memphis campus, with a special focus on its collections of Ancient Egyptian antiquities and African art. It also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions of paintings, photography, prints, and multimedia installations. If you're looking for a free indoor attraction where you can spend an hour or two learning about foreign cultures with your child, AMUM is a great place to visit.

Things to Do

  • Check out the Ancient Egyptian collection, which features a fascinating array of antiquities that date to between 3800 BC and 700 AD!
  • Explore the African art collection, which includes nearly 200 pieces of Sub-Saharan African art.
  • View the rest of the museum, which contains items like dueling pistols, impressive Japanese suits of armor, Navajo textiles, Ethiopian spear points, and over 1,000 works of art on paper.

Art Museum of the University of Memphis Insider Tips

  • While the museum is free, if you drive to there you'll have to pay for parking. However, you can avoid this cost by visiting the museum on Fridays after 4 p.m. or on Saturdays, when parking is free.
  • Find out more about what's currently on display by visiting their exhibitions page.
  • Take a tour of the museum! Tours are offered for free by informative guides who are full of fascinating facts related to the items in the museum's displays.
  • Don't forget to visit the mummy and sarcophagus in the Egyptian exhibit!

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