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 for further info about the only metal museum in the country, or like them on Facebook at or follow them on Twitter They also have a Tumblog here:

The former US Naval Hospital sits on a river bluff near the Memphis-Arkansas bridge. With its elaborate architecture (including a domed cupola) and its amazing river view, it would make a wonderful luxury resort, all the more so as it sits directly beside the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Supposedly, the owner intended it to become condominiums before the 2008 recession, but a luxury hotel would seem to be a better option, particularly since Memphis has a glut of vacant downtown condominiums.