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

Adult and senior groups: To request a tour, please click here.
Student and youth groups:  To request a field trip with your class, please click here
(Please note: Tours are not considered confirmed until the Venue Rental & Tour Coordinator has emailed you a confirmation.)

Museum Tours 

The Dixon features four different exhibition experiences within our museum, one of which you can choose to be the focus of the tour.

Tours at Two: We offer tours that are open to the public and free with admission, focused on our special exhibitions, every Tuesday and Sunday at 2:00 PM.

Permanent Collection: the Dixon’s Permanent Collection is comprised of more than 2,000 pieces; notably French and American Impressionist paintings, a pewter collection, and an extensive array of German and English porcelain.

Current Exhibitions: At any given time, the Dixon has two special exhibitions which change quarterly. Past exhibitions have featured photography, paintings, sculpture, decorative objects, and more. Make sure to visit our Current Exhibitions to stay up to date on what is on view and when. 

Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries: The Dixon organizes and presents quarterly exhibitions featuring artwork by artists local to Memphis and the Mid-South that are shown in the Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries in conjunction with the current exhibitions.

For information about our Permanent Collection, as well as past, current, and upcoming exhibitions in our galleries, please visit http://www.dixon.org/art.


 

Garden Tours 

Located on 17 acres, the Dixon gardens offer multiple, distinct garden areas for visitors to experience:

Saturday Stroll Garden Tours: The Dixon is free on Saturdays between 10am and 12pm, and during this time, garden docents are available to give short tours of the gardens; no advance registration is needed.  Tours meet near the admissions boot at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30.  These tours are offered during the months of March, April, May, June, September, October, and November. The Dixon is free on Saturdays between 10am and 12pm.

Arboretum Tour: The Dixon is a Class 4 Arboretum featuring 120 named trees on the property. The Dixon’s arboretum map is currently being updated, and each tree will be numbered to correspond with the map; every tree’s label includes both the botanical and common name. This tour appeals to the tree lover as well as the homeowner looking to add some appropriate trees to their own landscape.

Dixon Garden History Tour: This tour tells the history of the design of the gardens, highlighting the role of Hugh Dixon’s sister, Hope Dixon Crutchfield. On this tour you will see and hear about how the gardens were laid out, the influences that helped determine where to place the various parts, and the placement of sculpture and benches to best capture the views and accent the features.

Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden Tour — From Seed to Vase: This garden is the most popular and dynamic of the gardens, and the colorful blooms growing here are used in the arrangements that are displayed in the Museum Residence and Catmur Foyer, as well as in the small arrangements displayed in the café and at some Dixon events.

 

Tour Pricing

Tours require advance registration and a minimum of 10 individuals. Tour group maximum is 50 individuals; groups of 25 to 50 will be split into two smaller groups. Payment should be made in advance, at least one day before the visit.

  • Adults: $5/person  
  • Seniors 65+: $3/person 
  • School groups (Pre-K through Graduate School): Free
  • Dixon Discoveries: Free
  • Dixon members, chaperones, caretakers, and bus drivers receive free admission as members of tour groups. 

Additional Tour Information:

  • The Dixon offers the option for self-guided or guided tours.
  • Tours are available Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm.
  • Parking at the Dixon is free. There are designated spots for buses and large passenger vans.
  • The Dixon is wheelchair accessible throughout the museum and most areas of the gardens. 
  • Lockers and coat racks are available; large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas must be stored and may not be taken through the galleries. 
  • Group tours generally last 30-40 minutes.
  • Park & Cherry is open for lunch on Tues.-Sat. from 11:00am-2pm; snacks and beverages are available Tues.-Sun. from 10:00am-4:30pm. Please view the menu here. Please mention in the tour request form if your group would be interested in eating at the café.

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