The National Ornamental Metal Museum is a museum for the collection, preservation, and exhibition of historical and contemporary metalwork. The museum is housed in a 1930's brick building on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River that was formerly used as a U.S. Marine Hospital. The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the art and craft of fine metalwork. Unlike conventional art museums, it isn't just a place where art is displayed; it's a place where art is made. At the Metal Museum you can see works of art, see artists work, learn the craft and craft the art. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration and consulting services, classes, internship opportunities, artist residencies and apprenticeships, research and onsite fabrication of artwork and architectural elements.

The museum has over 3000 items in its permanent collection, and also hosts traveling exhibitions. There is also a working smithy and foundry on site. In addition to displaying metalwork inside the museum they also offer hands-on classes in the museums workshops. Whether it’s a three hour, one day, or weekend workshop, you are sure to learn a lot, have fun, and make beautiful metal items that you can be proud of. 
 
Looking for a unique holiday gift? The Holiday Store is open November 21, 2015 – January 3, 2016 bringing in even more work for your buying pleasure! The artists will be sending additional work and expanding their collections, as they turn the Museum Store Sales Gallery into a Holiday Store. From one-of-a-kind jewelry to grilling skewers, you will definitely find those special holiday gifts here. 
 
As the only institution of its kind, it leads the way in recognizing and promoting the careers of metalsmiths. A must visit for a truly unique experience.Plan your visit by calling 901.774.6380 or visiting www.metalmuseum.org 
 
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis

Hours of Operation: 
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, noon – 5 pm
Closed Mondays

 
 
By and photo credit: metalmuseum.org