The Metal Museum in Memphis is the only museum of its kind in the country. CONTRIBUTED BY MEMPHIS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Tennessee: Metal Museum, Sculpture Fields, Knoxville beckon art lovers

At the Metal Museum in Memphis, metal workers are literally forging bold artistic paths. Dedicated exclusively to the art and craft of fine metalwork, it’s the only museum of its kind in the country. A wide range of metalwork, sculpture and studio jewelry are on exhibit, but for many, the highlight is watching the resident metalsmiths at work. If you want to try your hand at it, classes in blacksmithing and welding are offered.

374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis. 901-774-6380,

Sculpture Fields of Montague Park – Chattanooga

The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park is a graceful, 33-acre green space where art and nature converge, but it hasn’t always been so. Only a few years ago, the land was an eyesore, a deserted city dump on the south side of Chattanooga. Today, this once blighted area is a thriving arts hub with dozens of towering sculptures, many of them in colorful hues. Winding footpaths invite visitors to explore at their leisure.

1800 Polk St., Chattanooga. 423-266-7288,

Knoxville Museum of Art — Knoxville

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art of east Tennessee, but also houses a collection of internationally renowned artists. “Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee” is a permanent exhibit dedicated to the region’s artistic achievements. It’s worth the trip just to marvel at Richard Jolley’s monumental “Cycle of Life Installation,” a work that follows the cycle of life from youth to maturity with glass and steel scenes. If you visit on a Friday, stick around for Alive after Five. The town gets its groove on with live music and feasts on Southern specialties.

1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. 865-525-6101,


Plan for a day of sightseeing around these six bridges and their nearby communities: Watson Mill Bridge is the longest covered bridge in the state and one of the longest in the U.S. Poole's Mill Bridge is over Settledown Creek in Poole’s Mill Park Concord Road Bridge has seen several changes over the years and still allows vehicle traffic Cromer's Mill Bridge is a 110-foot bridge, and a descendant of the original Cromer family built the stone abutments. Coheelee Creek Bridge is said to be the souther

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