Get to know the Dixon through a variety of museum and garden tours led by docents and staff. 

Museum Tours 

**Beginning in May through the Fall of 2015, tours of the Dixon will focus on the gardens due to the renovations inside the museum building.**

Typically lasting thirty minutes to an hour, these tours are designed to spark the interest of all visitors. The Dixon also provides opportunities for self-guided groups to independently explore the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. 

  • Permanent Collection—  Explore the Dixon's permanent collection of over 2,000 objects, including French and American Impressionist paintings and significant holdings of German and English porcelain.
  • Current Exhibitions— The museum organizes and presents eight to ten exhibitions every year, the diversity of which appeals to visitors of all ages.
  • Mallory/Wurtzburger—Memphis has a rich local art scene and the Dixon has devoted the Mallory/Wurtzburger gallery to quarterly exhibitions showcasing the area’s best and brightest talent. 
  • Dixon Discoveries—Designed for children from 1st through 5th grade, Dixon Discoveries allows students to form meaningful connections with works of art through a tour and fun art project. 

Garden tours 

Located on 17 acres, the Dixon gardens are a treasure of tranquility located in the heart of Memphis. The changing seasons serve to enhance our beautiful and architecturally diverse gardens.

  • Arboretum Tour—The Dixon is a certified Level IV Arboretum and offers a wealth of beauty for tree enthusiasts.   
  • Blooms and Beyond Tour — Explore the latest blooms in the gardens, complete with plant identification and points of interest. 
  • Cutting Garden Tour—Perhaps, the most colorful location on the Dixon grounds, the cutting garden features the flowers used in the beautiful gallery arrangements and table settings for Dixon events.   
  • History Tour—Learn the fascinating history behind the creation and design of the Dixon gardens.   
  • Sculpture Tour— Discover the origin and significance of the ornamental sculptures that adorn the Dixon gardens. 
  • Top Ten Tour—The Top Ten Tour gives an overview of the gardens, focusing on the top ten things to see on the property.

Tour pricing 

Tours require a minimum of 10 individuals.  
  • Educational groups (Preschool-Graduate School): Free, with advanced registration  
  • Dixon Discoveries (with Art Project): $2/child     
  • Adults: $5/person  
  • Seniors: $3/person 

Additional Tour Information:

  • Museum hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 am- 5 pm
  • The Dixon is handicap accessible throughout the museum and gardens.
  • Tour groups are welcome to bring a picnic for the gardens (weather permitting, as no indoor space is available).
  • Lockers and coat racks are available, but, if possible, please leave backpacks on the bus. 

To schedule a tour, please contact Amanda Bjorklund, at or (901) 761-5250 ext. 102.

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Monday Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Third Thursdays: Open until 8pm
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