Local attractions offer free admission on Friday to help Memphis heal

A violent week in the Mid-South has left many people on edge. To help the Memphis community cope with the recent tragedies, some local attractions offered a little stress relief Friday.

The Memphis Zoo offered free general admission, so adults and children could have “a place to reflect and relax, even if it’s just for a moment.”

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The Memphis Botanic Garden also offered free regular admission on Friday, September 9, and “an opportunity to heal in nature.”

The Red Queen, The Cheshire Cat, The Chess Set and, of course, Alice all make an appearance at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. The figures are made up of thousands of plants, expertly woven together to bring to life the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. The awe-inspiring sculptors will remain on display through October. Visit https://membg.org/alice/ to buy tickets.
The Red Queen, The Cheshire Cat, The Chess Set and, of course, Alice all make an appearance at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. The figures are made up of thousands of plants, expertly woven together to bring to life the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. The awe-inspiring sculptors will remain on display through October. Visit https://membg.org/alice/ to buy tickets.

The Memphis Museum of Science & History (MoSH) also showed Memphis some love, offering free admission to all exhibits, movies, and shows, and to Lichterman Nature Center from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens also participated.

At the Memphis Zoo, John Allen said he thought it was a great idea.

“I think it is a wonderful thing. I really do because it gets the stress off of people because a lot of people have been stressed for the last couple of days. Three or four days we have been in terror, so I think this is a good thing the zoo is doing,” Allen said.

At the Pink Palace Museum of Science and History, Stacey Cotham took in the sights for free.

“This is home to so many people, and we need that openness right now, just to be free and happy and safe, but it’s nice to see especially the smiling faces on kids,” she said.

At the Memphis Botanic Garden, Ruby Green was taking in all of the sights of the pretty plants and flowers.

“I think it is so wonderful. All of us need a break from everything that has happened in this last week and it has given us all a time to breathe and just get back to just being ourselves without having to worry about is it safe,” Green said.

The free admission was for Friday only, with hundreds turning out for the exhibits.

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