City Guide 2014: Our Newcomers Guide to Memphis

Handy tips for getting to know your new home.



Photograph by Brian Anderson

For most of my life as an Arkansan, my weekend visits to the Bluff City were a threeway stop — Beale Street, Graceland, and the Memphis Zoo, with little time for exploration in between. Fifth-generation Memphians shaking your heads, have no fear. Since I became a Memphis resident, these historic stops have set a foundation for new favorites beyond the beaten path, with a long list of more to see and do. For a city with more history and soul than could be found in two thousand weekends, this guide is only the beginning, but it’s a great start. Here’s your on-line Memphis “hot list.”

ATTRACTIONS

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

AUTHORIZATION

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,
6465 Mullins Station Rd., 576-7197. Register of Deeds, 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 222-8100, register.shelby.tn.us
Hunting & Fishing License: Tennessee Wildlife
Division, 800-372-3928, tn.gov/twra
Marriage License: Both parties must appear for issuance of the license. Birth certificates are 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: 11th floor, Falls Bldg., 22 N. Front St., 523-8822
Memphis Bar Association: 145 Court Ave., 527-3573
Passport: Main Post Office, 555 S. Third St., 521-2575, us-passport-service-guide.com/memphis-passport.html
Property Tax: City Treasury Office,
125 N. Main St., 636-6306
Property Value: Assessor Office locations, Downtown: 150 Washington Ave., Suite 401;
East: 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 222-7001
Voter Information: Shelby County Election
Commission, 222-1200, shelbyvote.com

HELP

Abused Women’s Crisis Hotline:
725-4277, memphisywca.org
Alcoholics Anonymous:
454-1414 (24-hr. hotline), memphis-aa.org
Animal Services: 2350 Appling City Cove, 636-7297
Better Business Bureau: 3693 Tyndale,
759-1300, memphis.bbb.org
Memphis Crisis Center Child Abuse Hotline: 247-7477
Community Services Information: 211 (hotline)
Crime Stoppers: 528-CASH (2274), crimestopmem.org
Fire Services: 636-1400
Greater Memphis Chamber: 543-3500
Humane Society of Memphis
& Shelby County:
937-3900,
memphishumane.org
Memphis/Shelby County Public Library & Information Center: 415-2700, memphislibrary.org
Poison Emergency: 800-222-1222
Suicide & Crisis Hotline: 274-7477
Time & Temperature: 526-5261
Veterans Services: 222-4237

PROMOTIONS/TOURISM

City of Memphis: 636-6000
Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau:  47 Union Ave., 543-5300, memphistravel.com
Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission: 50 Peabody Place, Suite 250, 527-8300,
filmmemphis.org
Memphis City Beautiful: 664 Adams Ave., 522-1135, memphiscitybeautiful.org
Memphis Area Association of Governments: 8289 Cordova Rd., Suite 103, 729-2871, maagov.org

PUBLIC SAFETY

Emergency: 911
Police Non-Emergency: 545-2677 (COPS)
Fire Non-Emergency: 458-8281
Shelby County Sheriff Non-Emergency: 379-7625
Shelby County Fire Non-Emergency:
379-7070

TRANSIT

Bus & Trolley:
Memphis Area Transit Authority, 274-MATA (6282),
matatransit.com
Memphis International Airport:
922-8000, mscaa.com
Train Station:
Central Station, 545 S. Main St., 526-0052,
amtrak.com

UTILITIES & RECYCLING

Residential Telephone: BellSouth, 385-4966,
att.com
Cable: Comcast, 259-2225, comcast.com
Memphis Light, Gas, & Water Division:
245 S. Main St., 544-6549 (MLGW), mlgw.com
Public Works Division/Solid Waste
Management:
125 N. Main St., 636-5742

VEHICLE COMPLIANCE

Drivers License Service Centers:
6340 Summer Ave., 543-7920;
3200 E. Shelby Dr., 367-3639;
220 U.S. 51 (Covington), 475-2517;
5019 West Union Rd. (Millington), 872-0800
Registration & Renewal: County Clerk’s Office, 150 Washington Ave., 222-3000, shelbycountytn.gov
Traffic Fines:
City Court Clerk’s Office, Traffic Violations Bureau,
201 Poplar Ave., LL-80, 636-3400, epayments.memphistn.gov 

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