Many families throughout Memphis and across the country face financial hardship and uncertainty during the current federal government shutdown and its unknown conclusion. As a small gesture, and recognizing that music and brief cultural breaks can provide momentary escapes from these real hardships, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum join with other Memphis museums and cultural attractions to offer free admission to furloughed government employees.
Starting today, workers with a badge I.D. from any federal government department will be granted up to two free museum admissions at either or both museums. Rock ‘n’ Soul and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame teams with the National Civil Rights Museum offering free admissions, and with ArtsMemphis and other Memphis area cultural organizations to offer discounts. A list of participating organizations can be found on the ArtsMemphis website at www.artsmemphis.org/federalworkers. The site will be updated daily.
“Most of us proceed with our normal lives, taking simple pleasures like enjoying music or visiting a museum for granted, while thousands of federal workers who support our lives now face uncertainty and real financial hardships,” said John Doyle, Rock ‘n’ Soul Executive Director. “It offers no solution, but if a museum visit offers a bit of enjoyment or a brief reprieve, our doors are open.”
“While art experiences can spark dialogue around a particular topic, these same experiences can alternatively offer a welcome respite. ArtsMemphis is pleased to support and represent our vibrant arts community in their desire to provide a relaxing, fun activity for federal workers and their families during this time,” said Elizabeth Rouse, President/CEO of ArtsMemphis.
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is located at 191 Beale Street at FedExForum and is open 9:30 am until 7:00 pm. More information is available at www.rocknsoul.org. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Second and Beale Street and it open 10:00 am until 7:00 pm. Both museums are open seven days a week. The admission offer will continue through the federal government shutdown.