Morton Museum of
Collierville History

  • Website: www.collierville.com
  • Address: 196 N. Main Street Collierville, TN 38017
  • Phone: 901-457-2650

A rich heritage meets progressive education at the Morton Museum of Collierville History. Situated in Collierville's historic downtown, the Morton Museum invites visitors to explore Collierville's history through permanent and changing exhibitions which engage friends, families, and children in interactive learning opportunities. In addition to the exhibits, the Morton Museum offers educational workshops and events for all ages and interests. An adult Lunch n’ Learn series features distinguished speakers to discuss various topics ranging from genealogy to printmaking. Spotlight Saturdays are a monthly event for the entire family to enjoy a specific era of history often including music, crafts and much more.

The Morton Museum acts as the gateway to Collierville's Historic District. Begin at the Museum, and take-in the exhibitions, historic objects, and breathtaking architecture. Then continue your visit by strolling down Main Street, named “America’s Best Main Street” by Parade magazine, where you'll be greeted by a beautifully landscaped Town Square, one-of-a-kind boutique shops and dining experiences, and a historic train depot. Need directions or recommendations? The Museum's front desk can help, offering resources to help enhance your Collierville experience.

Exhibitions

The permanent gallery explores Collierville’s history from its earliest inhabitants, the Chickasaw Indians, to today’s elected officials. Visitors can view a Civil War Surgical Kit used by Dr. Virginus Leake; resident of Collierville in the mid-1800s, and various Civil War bullets and artifacts. The Museum’s youngest visitors will engaged in history through a dress up station with Civil War-era clothing and interactive play stations. The Museum’s temporary gallery is host to a wide variety of changing exhibitions, which rotate every 10 to 12 weeks. Call 901-457-2650 or visit the Museum’s website to learn about upcoming exhibitions.

Collections

The Research Library Collection is open to the public and includes several different magazine collections such as the Old Shelby County Magazine and Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Spend some time in the Reading Room to browse books on Civil War topics ranging from medicine to the way women dressed. General Tennessee history books include titles on American Indians and the history of settlement in West Tennessee. The Museum’s Collection includes Civil War artifacts, antique McGinnis Hardware tools and various maps, photographs, and books that document the Town’s deep history. Collierville Herald Newspapers are available in searchable, PDF format from March 1, 1929 (first issue) to 1980. Hundreds of historical items are housed in the Morton Museum’s Digital Collection available online.

Education

In addition to the ongoing events for visitors of all ages, the Morton Museum offers resources for educators, badge programs for scouts, and field trip opportunities for area schools or civic groups. Online primary source materials share first-hand accounts of life in the Civil War in and around the Town of Collierville to accompany teaching the Civil War in the classroom; the Morton Museum also offers a Civil War travelling trunk available for teachers to borrow which includes real and reproduction artifacts, books, DVDs, and more. Area World War II veterans retell their accounts via video as part of the Veteran Oral History Collection on the Morton Museum’s YouTube Channel.

Plan Your Visit

On the corner of Poplar Avenue and Main Street (196 N. Main Street) the Morton Museum of Collierville History is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Admission to the Morton Museum is always free. Visit colliervillemuseum.org to see current and future exhibits, upcoming events on the calendar, educational resources and more.