Locals Feel Like Tourists In Their Own Backyard

Locals Feel Like Tourists In Their Own Backyard

It's not exactly "Lost in Translation," but some Memphians are feeling a little bit like tourists in their own backyard when it comes to Memphis museums.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It's not exactly "Lost in Translation," but some Memphians are feeling a little bit like tourists in their own backyard when it comes to Memphis museums.

It's not hard to find folks who are familiar with Graceland, but it's a little more of a challenge to discover a Memphian who's visited some of the lesser known museums, particularly in the downtown area.

Along with the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art and the National Ornamental Metal Museum, there's a circle of attractions that seem relatively unknown.

Memphis resident Bryan Jackson said, "Probably just haven't had the opportunity and maybe they should advertise the museum more."

The curator of the Cotton Museum believes the lack of knowledge of local museums boils down to natives simply letting time get the best of them.

"It's easy to do that. When you live somewhere you forget that there are fun places to go downtown and you forget that there's a really awesome history here," said Melissa Farris.

Returning guests can even find something new the second time around. Most of the museums offer seasonal exhibits and special tour packages.

You can find a full listing of all the Memphis area at the Chamber of Commerce's website.

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