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Withers Collection Museum & Gallery

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Address: 333 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3135
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+1 901-523-2344
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Sun 14:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 14:00 - 22:00
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The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery houses and displays the...

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.

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A TRUE Jewel...

This museum is chock full of history. All through the eyes of Dr. Withers. The photographs were beautiful! The staff, especially Miss V, was WONDERFUL!! This is truly a MUST... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is chock full of history. All through the eyes of Dr. Withers. The photographs were beautiful! The staff, especially Miss V, was WONDERFUL!! This is truly a MUST SEE! It was AMAZING! The museum is run by donation only and has been open since 2011. It was certainly refreshing to see a diamond in the rough on Beale... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is a gallery of mostly black and white photos taken by Mr. Ernest Withers-his subjects are events during the civil rights movements, Beale street musicians and Memphis street scenes during the 1950's into the 70's. It is a nice quite respite from the Beale Street crowds located towards the end of Beale at 333 Beale Street. The museum tries... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Located toward the end of busy bustling Beale Street is this oasis of calm and a fabulous collection of black and white photographs. Spanning decades and at the right time and place locally the collection offers a real insight into the 50's and 60's in particular. We met a Miss V who was really helpful and a pleasure to talk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Extensive photo collection of Ernest Withers. This is a great stop on Beale to learn about the civil rights movement and other significant events during this time. Entrance fee is donation based, certainly worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Make a point to stop by and see Dr Withers collection of photos- they say he took over a million! His chronical of the civil rights movement is so moving and sad - pictures of the marches, MLK and others, interspersed with shots of sports greats and musician greats. A very well done exhibit. We were fortunate enough to interact... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This small museum is nicely arranged and the photographs are amazing. The film provides a nice history.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

This is on the lesser known side of Beale Street - away from the neon restaurants and tourist spots. We did not know about this place until an offer on Groupon caught our eye. We were spending the whole day downtown in the Beale Street section, so we decided to add this to our list of activities. This ended up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Mr. Withers was able to capture some very historic moments and make you feel exactly what was going on at that time. Not something I would go out of my way to see, but if you are Beale Street anyway, worth the $5 donation.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

we saw the good reviews and did not know at all about Mr. Withers. he was quite a photographer and follower of Dr. King. The photos in there will give you an educational experience about what it was like being an African American back in those days in the area. some great shots of the movements like "I am a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We were walking along Beale Street on a Saturday night - crowd was getting rowdy and it was kind of hot. Our group of 8 was looking for something other than going into a bar. We lucked into finding this collection of an amazing photographer who captured much of the Civil Rights movement in and around Memphis - including the... More 

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