Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, Memphis

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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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  • This museum is really small, but contains a lot of photographs from from Ernest Withers who took 1000s of photos of the civil rights movement. There are photos of early blues artists too, along with E...  more »
  • Social history at its best, Withers (huge) collection perfectly catches the mood of a time, through civil rights, music and the people of the streets.  more »
  • You will not be disappointed if you add this gallery to your to do list; in fact, I'd argue it is essential to understanding American history and the civil rights movement. My mind was absolutely blow...  more »
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  • It'd be cool for them to integrate an online portion in the museum that lets you interact with all the photos online. It'd be an easy way to collect folks information for special events or even making sales of photos. The collection is quite impressive and the museum allows a glimpse.
  • Great little museum on Beale Street. It is surrounded by bars and I have walked past it half a dozen times not realizing it was there. I would recommend checking it out if you are into history (especially civil rights history). When I walked in I was greeted by Withers grandson Ernest who was a very nice young man (and well dressed!). I will not ruin the trip for you but just know Withers was in the right places at the right time and he had his camera. If you go you will see some very iconic photo's taken during the civil rights movement a long with photos from a lot of the big name celebrates of the era. Cost is what you are willing to pay.
  • Is very educational and it's the start of certain musicians musical history is something you really need to go see the history of black people is very educational I will go back and see it again!!!!!🖒🖒🖒📚🌏
  • Absolutely loved this museum. We went on New Year's Eve 2016, we took our time and saw souch history. After our tour we got to visit with his grandson Ernest he was very knowledgeable and we had a very good conversation with him. The whole experience was great from start to finish and the staff were so nice.
  • AWESOME great customer service wonderful store so Happy we stopped in

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