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Withers Collection Museum & Gallery

333 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3135
+1 901-523-2344
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great museum that gives you so much to think about

To be frank, I had never heard of this museum or the photojournalist but was I surprised! As a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Seminole, Texas
A nice alternative to the madness on Beale Street

This gallery displays a very nice collection of photographs by one of the premier chroniclers of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery houses and displays the collection of photographs taken by Ernest C. Withers, a prolific photojournalist who captured Memphis history for over 60 years.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 14:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
333 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3135
+1 901-523-2344
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To be frank, I had never heard of this museum or the photojournalist but was I surprised! As a person of age, I recalled several of the events that were memorialized in these photos but now appreciate those same events in a totally different way.As...More

Thank Barbwilltravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gallery displays a very nice collection of photographs by one of the premier chroniclers of the African American experience from the fifties through the seventies. The photographs range from the joyous (dancing children and entertainers)to the somber (pictures of the funerals of Martin Luther...More

Thank ChiBry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the midst of the chaos that is Beale Street is this photography gallery filled with historically important photographs. Met Mr. Wither's grandson at an event down on the waterfront and really enjoyed talking to him. Besides the photographs on the walls, take some time...More

Thank Kenny O
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Happened upon this place while walking on Beale. Had no idea it was there. It is definitely hidden along Beale and needs to have more advertisement regarding it's location. Withers collection of photos depicts history through a Camera Lens. He was there for it all...More

Thank AndriaF559
Management response:Responded 12 June 2017

Thank you for visiting The Withers Collection! We are constantly seeking to expand our public reach and great reviews like yours help us do that!

Reviewed 31 May 2017

The Withers Collection is a historic jewel on Beale street. Mr. Ernest Withers took over a million important photos of the civil right movement, Negro Leagues, and Memphis entertainment scene. He was a photographer but also a freedom fighter in the movement. You may have...More

Thank Natasha8791
Management response:Responded 12 June 2017

Thank you for your visit to The Withers Collection! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us!

Reviewed 25 May 2017

Withers was there for all of it, from WWII through 2000ish. This is an astounding collection of mostly B&Ws from Memphis and beyond taken by a professional who saw and heard a whole lot of history get made. A must see IMHO.

Thank djjimmybee
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Great that it was open later than 8pm so when we were walking by it was open. Fantastic exhibit, the photos taken mainly during the 1950s and '60s really captured moments of an important time for American Civil rights and shows alot of behind the...More

1  Thank cjudge109
Reviewed 15 May 2017

I'm so glad I had a chance to visit this museum while in Memphis. It's a wonderful exhibit and the curator told us that this is only a small part of Withers' ~1 million photos. They're working on a digitization project. There are so many...More

Thank cajafa
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I was told by a local man to pay this attraction a visit and I'm so glad he did. It's at the opposite end of Beale Street to the river and entry is via donation. Miss V was very helpful in explaining everything when I...More

Thank madowninguk
Management response:Responded 12 May 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review and thank you for visiting us at The Withers Collection. We are so glad that you were able to view the museum and take in the culture and history that Ernest Withers captured.

Reviewed 10 May 2017

As we neared the end of our afternoon Beale St. walk we were invited into this museum by a staff/volunteer outside. I’m so grateful he reached out to us because we might have passed by too quickly in our end-of-tour hunger. This gallery is arresting...More

Thank Te R
Management response:Responded 12 May 2017

Thank you so much for your review. We are so grateful that our visitors understand and support the significance of what Ernest Withers achieved and we're also glad that our visitors are aware of our growth. Please visit us again in the future and see...More

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