Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, Memphis

4.8
#12 of 26 in Museums in Memphis
The pictures tell the story at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, which exhibits a collection of photos taken by Ernest C Withers, who documented the local history for over six decades. The gallery occupies Withers' former studio and includes almost 1.8 million images in its archives. Withers was a prolific photojournalist who photographed everything from major Civil Right Movement events to notable jazz and blues performers. You'll find the museum's app in both the App Store and Google Play, so be sure to check that out before you visit. Call or click the website link for info about summer opening hours. Use our Memphis itinerary planner to add Withers Collection Museum & Gallery and other attractions to your Memphis vacation plans.
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  • Beautiful photos and full of history for all. Right off trolley line in downtown Memphis on Main Street.  more »
  • This gallery has an extensive collection of originals and prints of Mr. Withers. The video at the start was informative although a bit difficult to hear due to it being in the main room where employee...  more »
  • This gallery shows photos taken by E. Withers as a companion of Martin Luther King. Impressive. We have purchased 2 prints
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  • My girlfriend and I walked by the museum while exploring Beale Street during our first day in Memphis. Ryan & Abraham opened the door and invited us in, asking us if we knew who Ernest C Withers was. After some background info, we were quite intrigued and paid to enter. We had a blast! There's so much to see as Mr. Withers has quite the extensive collection. There's some very powerful, evocative photos and the staff is INCREDIBLY KNOWLEDGEABLE. Do not think twice about whether or not you should visit - just do it. You won't regret it. Also, grab some prints while you're at it. The Museum is a non-profit and all the photos are processed straight from the original negatives so the quality is superb. Thanks again!
  • Went with family had a nice time. They have some great photos i would visit again. It was only $5 to walk through.
  • I had a wonderful nostalgic time walking through this museum. It made me respect the things that people sacrificed for my good.
  • Absolutely a lovely experience! The video presentation really sets the tone before you view this outstanding collection. Every member of staff was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. This place is definitely worth your time.
  • ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES You could ever have; don't deprive yourself of it!! Sincerely, T.
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