Memphis – Beale Street, Music Museums, and BBQ

There is so much to experience in Memphis, Tennessee, that this one took two blog posts. If you missed our first one, Camping along the Mississippi and a Little Bit of Memphis, go check it out.

We found a place to park at the top of Beale Street and began our exploration of this area of Memphis.

Beale Street, Home of the Blues

A walk down Beale Street is like walking through the history of Blues music in America. There were hints of the way it used to be all around, and we were also pleased to see that much of the area is being preserved.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Our first stop was the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. This self-guided museum tour begins with the early days of the 1930s to 1970s and Memphis’ musical global influence. There is a vast array of information and memorabilia in this museum, and it took us about an hour to go through.

Visitor Information

Hours of Operation:

Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The final admission time is 4:15, so plan accordingly.


  • Adults – $13
  • Youth Age 5-17 – $10
  • Kids 4 and Under – Free

There are admission discounts for AARP, AAA, or Smithsonian members, as well as the military.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Smaller than the previous museum, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is definitely worth a look. It is located in the same building as the Hard Rock Cafe. It is next to Lansky’s clothing store, which was famous for dressing Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others who are now in the Hall of Fame.

Visitor Information

Hours of Operation:

Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


  • Adults – $8
  • Youth (5-17) – $6

NOTE: IF YOU’RE PLANNING ON VISITING BOTH ATTRACTIONS, LOOK AT PURCHASING THE COMBO TICKET FOR $18/PERSON. I believe this is only available for the adult ticket price, but it will save you $3/person.

Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous Charcoal Ribs

Located in Downtown Alley, Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous is definitely a place to taste and experience Memphis. The entrance is located in an alley, and you can take the stairs or elevator to this below-ground restaurant.

This restaurant came highly recommended, and we concur. It was delicious.


We enjoyed spending time in Memphis and seeing the birthplace of blues. We highly recommend you add this to your travel list.

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We’re Mike & Jennifer Skinnell, and together we are The Rambling Quilter. We travel the country full-time in our 41ft. fifth-wheel pulled by our F-350 – affectionately named Beauty & The Beast. Mike still works part-time, and Jennifer writes our blog, travel articles, and contemporary fiction. Our blog is purely for information and entertainment purposes. However, if you’d like to support Jennifer’s writing career, her author link is below.

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