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 three different exhibition experiences within our museum:

Permanent Collection: The Dixon's Permanent Collection features more than 2,000 objects, including French and American Impressionist paintings, a vast collection of pewter, and significant holdings of German and English porcelain.

Current Exhibitions: The Dixon organizes and presents quarterly exhibitions, the diversity of which appeals to visitors of all ages. Past exhibitions have featured photography, paintings, sculpture, decorative objects, and more.

Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries: The Dixon organizes and presents quarterly exhibitions featuring artwork by artists local to Memphis and the Mid-South. Past artists featured in these galleries include Jason Miller, Wayne Edge, Brian Russell, and Martha Kelly, among others. In addition to featuring local artists, the Dixon collects artwork from Dixon programming, including camps, outreach programs, and on-site workshops, and showcases these pieces in the Made in Dixon exhibition, shown in these galleries once a year.

For information about our Permanent Collection, as well as past, current, and upcoming exhibitions in our galleries, please visit


Garden Tours 

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

Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden Tour From Seed to Vase: In 2018, the Dixon is featuring the Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden for the entire year. 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. Many of the Dixon’s 2018 gardening workshops and lectures will be centered on this garden. Each month’s tours of this garden will focus on a different aspect of flower production.

The Dixon is free on Saturdays between 10am and 12pm, and during this time, garden docents are available to give short tours of the Cutting Garden; no advance registration is needed.

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.

Formal Gardens Tour: This tour focuses on the “formal rooms” of the Dixon Garden: the original garden rooms, the Bickie McDonnell Garden, and the Moss Garden. Design influences, plant selection, and hardscape choices will be discussed during this tour.

South Porch and Lawn 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.

Woodland Garden Tour: This tour focuses on shade gardens, including plant selection. This area was a featured tour location in 2015, and garden docents are well-versed in the plant life and design of this garden.

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 may be scheduled Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm; weekend visits can be arranged, but generally docents and staff are unavailable for guided tours on weekends. We cannot allow groups inside the museum earlier than 10am, Tues.-Sat. (1pm on Sundays).
  • Free parking is available at the Dixon. There are designated spots for buses and large passenger vans.
  • The Dixon is wheelchair accessible throughout the museum and in many areas of the gardens. 
  • Lockers and coat racks are available; large bags and umbrellas must be stored and may not be taken through the galleries. 
  • Group tours generally last 30-40 minutes.
  • Park & Cherry, the museum's café, 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. Groups of 10 or more that plan to dine at the café are encouraged to contact the café in advance of their tour to arrange for meals.

Coming Up
Monday Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Third Thursdays: Open until 8pm
Special / Holiday Hours

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