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Beale Street

Sitting at the center of Memphis blues music, is Beale Street. However, the street is an important cultural site for the city beyond its musical legacy.

Nearby Attractions

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Memphis Blues
Developed in the early 20th century, the Memphis blues syncopated style was often played on homemade instruments and made famous by names like Frank Stokes and Sleepy John Estes.
The Orpheum, Memphis
Located on Beale Street, the Orpheum was once the Grand Opera House and considered the finest theater outside the Big Apple. Today, it remains an active venue.
The Lorraine Motel
Forever remembered by Americans as the place where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum.
The National Civil Rights Museum
One of the country's best interactive educational museums. the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is an important national site and gathering place.
FedEx Forum
Home to the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, the FedEx Forum also serves a multitude of uses when the team is away.
Peabody ducks
For over 90 years, twice a day several ducks march through the Peabody Hotel lobby to visit its' fountain. The Peabody duck march is a Memphis institution.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of Memphis
Jump into the music, flavours, and history of Memphis. On your private walking tour, you will: 

  • Begin your tour at the Mississippi River and learn how green spaces and geography have defined the city. 
  • See ’The Pyramid’ at Bass Pro shops - an odd picture-worthy place in the city 
  • Pop into The Peabody Hotel to see the iconic Peabody ducks, if the timing is right! 
  • Stroll down Beale Street - an iconic street one of the historic centres of African-American culture for nearly two centuries. 
  • Learn about the heritage of the historic Orpheum Theatre. 
  • Enjoy a small taste of Memphis barbecue at a local stop, recommended by your expert guide. Find out the best places to continue your taste of Memphis after the tour ends. 
  • Visit the National Center for Civil Rights, and enjoy an hour tour by your guide. 
Your tour begins at the heartbeat of Memphis’s origin story: The Mississippi River. Like cities the world over, the history of Memphis is one best understood by knowing the lay of the land, the geography which shaped it. As you walk through the city, your guide will explain how the city’s features have defined and shaped the institutions and culture of Memphis. 

Visit historic Beale Street - where nightclubs, pawnshops, restaurants, and theatres have been playing the blues for over a century. Learn about the street’s history dating back to the mid-19th century, where Black commerce thrived in spite of the odds. Hear tales of Ida B Wells, 'Beale Street Blues', B.B. King, and Dr King. 

Then, enter into the heart of the American story at the National Center for Civil Rights Museum, where your guide will take you on an hour tour. Learn about the legacy of Memphis in the struggle for Civil Rights, and see the Lorraine Motel - now part of the museum - where Dr King was assassinated in 1968. Hear how the centre continues to play a central role in moving forward the push for civil rights nationwide. Should you wish to stay beyond the hour to experience the rest of the museum, please do at your own leisure. 
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