The National Ornamental Metal Museum is a Memphis treasure that is all-too-neglected by local residents. With its lovely setting high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the museum is an attractive place to walk and catch one-of-a-kind glimpses of the river. The buildings, originally part of a US Naval Station, are also historic and attractive. But the metal artwork is the real attraction of the museum, with unique pieces displayed all over the beautifully-landscaped grounds. Also, unlike most other museums, visitors can watch artisans at work and see how ornamental metalworks are created. Visit http://www.metalmuseum.org/ for further info about the only metal museum in the country, or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Metal-Museum/75275615081 or follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/metalmuseum. They also have a Tumblog here: http://memphismetalmuseum.tumblr.com/.
The Memphis-based Center for Southern Folklore (@southernfolk) is the sponsor of the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival. Their storefront on South Main Street is worth a visit, but if you can’t get to Memphis, visit http://www.southernfolklore.com/, or http://www.facebook.com/southernfolklore?ref=ts, or https://twitter.com/southernfolk. Consider making a donation. The Center for Southern Folklore is non-profit, and if they did nothing but put on the festival every year, they would be a worthy cause. As it is, they sponsor many other concerts and events all year long.