Newcomer's Guide

Numbers and tips for getting acquainted with the Bluff City.

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Though I’m a native Memphian, raised in the same house my whole life, I took a brief sabbatical from the Bluff City to attend college and returned here in May 2012. Having been back just over a year, I can say that the Memphis I now know and love is a very different place from the one I left five years ago. Living “way out east” (as my co-workers affectionately call it) in Cordova and commuting downtown has opened my eyes to a plethora of gems I never knew existed. From only coming downtown for Redbirds games to now successfully giving people directions, this list is handy for even the lifelong resident. — Anna Cox



Beale Street: Downtown, 526-0115,
Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central Ave., 458-2678,
Chucalissa Museum: 1987 Indian Village Dr., 785-3160,
Cooper-Young District: Midtown, 276-7222,
Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange: 65 Union Ave., 531-7826,
Davies Manor Plantation House: 3570 Davieshire Drive, 386-0715,
Fire Museum of Memphis: 118 Adams Ave., 636-5650,
Gibson Beale Street Showcase: 145 Lt. George Lee Ave., 544-7998,
Golf & Games Family Park: 5484 Summer Ave., 386-2992,
Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd., 800-238-2010,
Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince Rd., 767-7322,
Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100,
Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum: 191 Beale St., 205-2533,
Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Pl., 333-6500,
Mud Island River Park: 125 N. Front St., 800-507-6507,
Museum of Biblical History: 140 E. Mulberry, Collierville, 854-9578,
National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry St., 521-9699,
Pink Palace Museum & Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central Ave., 320-6320,
The Peabody: 149 Union Ave., 529-4000,
Shelby Farms Park: 500 N. Pine Lake Dr., 767-7275 (PARK),
STAX Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-7685,
Sun Studio: 706 Union Ave., 521-0664,
W.C. Handy House Museum: 352 Beale St., 527-3427
Woodruff-Fontaine House: 680 Adams Ave., 526-1469,



Birth & Death Certificate: Memphis & Shelby County Health Department, Vital Records Office, 814 Jefferson Ave., Rm. 101-103, 222-9013
BUILDING Permits & Inspection: Shelby County Office of Planning & Development, 125 N. Main St., Ste. 468, Memphis City Hall, 576-7197. Register of Deeds, 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 379-7500,
Hunting & Fishing License: Tennessee Wildlife Division, 800-372-3928,
Marriage License: Both parties must appear for issuance of the license. Proof of Social Security number is required. Downtown Office: 150 Washington Ave., Second Fl. East Branch Office: 1075 Mullins Station Rd., West Wing. Millington City Hall: 4836 Navy Rd. Cost: $97.50
Memphis Area Legal Services: 523-8822
Memphis Bar Association: 527-3573
Passport: Main Post Office, 555 S. Third St., 521-2575
Property Tax: City Treasury Office, 125 N. Main St., 636-6306
Property Value: Assessor Office Locations, Downtown: 160 N. Main St., Ste. 600. East: 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 222-7001
Voter Information: Shelby County Election Commission, 222-1200,



Abused Women’s Crisis Hotline: 725-4277,
Alcoholics Anonymous: 726-6750,
Animal Services: 362-5310
Better Business Bureau: 759-1300,
Child Abuse Hotline: 877-237-0004
Community Services Information: 211
Crime Stoppers: 525-5122,
Fire Services: 527-1400
Greater Memphis Chamber: 543-3500
Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County: 937-3900,
Memphis/Shelby County Public Library & Information Center: 415-2700,
Poison Emergency: 800-222-1222
Suicide & Crisis Hotline: 274-7477
Time & Temperature: 526-5261
Veterans Services: 222-4237


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