The Dixon Entrance at Night with Lanterns

About the Dixon

The Dixon celebrates creativity, beauty, nature, community, and moments of inspiration. Our belief is that art and culture bring people together and should be accessible to all. Through the art collection, gardens, rotating exhibitions, and educational experiences, the Dixon encourages the appreciation of the cultural narratives found in nature and art.

A black and white photo of the Dixons back porch in1950 in Memphis

Dixon History

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens begins with two exceptional people, Margaret Oates Dixon (1900–1974) and Hugo Norton Dixon (1892–1974). Philanthropists and community leaders, the Dixons ensured a richer cultural life for Memphians by bequeathing their home, gardens, and collection of French Impressionist paintings for the enjoyment and education of future generations.

Red Tulips at the Dixon

How we have grown

With the support and generosity of our many members, donors, and visitors, the Dixon has been able to grow its collection in the museum and public gardens. Distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in the arts and horticulture, the Dixon prioritizes learning and inspiration for the community.

Two women standing outside at the Dixon
The Dixon Art on the Rocks membership

The Dixon Today

The Dixon’s collection is comprised of more than 2,000 objects, including French and American Impressionist paintings and significant holdings of German and English porcelain. The museum organizes and presents eight to ten exhibitions every year, the diversity of which appeals to visitors of all ages.

The Dixon’s seventeen-acre campus is a highly-regarded public garden that includes formal spaces, woodland tracts, and cutting gardens.


The Dixon is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and Botanical Gardens Conservation International.

Meet the people behind the work

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