* Dixon Gallery and Gardens. This intimate brick museum dedicated to decorative arts offers visitors a manageable taste of the Napoleon mega-exhibit. The show, "Decor in the Age of Napoleon: Malmaison at the Dixon," highlights a collection of Empire-period furniture and fine arts. Curator is Roger Prigent, president of Malmaison Antiques in New York, who also contributed objects to the convention-center exhibit. Through Sept. 22.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Tickets: $5; $4 for seniors; $3 for students; $1 children to age 12.

4339 Park Ave., Memphis;

(901) 761-5250.

* Graceland. Selected rooms from Elvis Presley's 1930s Southern stone mansion are open to the public in a kind of time capsule of the singer's life in the 1970s. Out buildings provide a comprehensive overview of the rock-and-roll legend's rags-to-riches life. Tickets can be bought for the mansion only, or visitors can splurge on the "platinum tour" package, which includes his two airplanes, his car museum, and the "Sincerely Elvis" exhibit of personal memoriabilia.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Mansion-only tickets: $8; $7.20 for seniors aged 65 and over, $4.75 for children aged 5 to 12. Global tickets: $16; $14.40 for seniors aged 65 and over; $11 for children aged 5 to 12).

3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.,


(800) 238-2000.

* National Civil Rights Museum. The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally wounded April 4, 1968, has been turned into an impressive series of 15 large-as-life interactive scenes highlighting the American Civil Rights Movement. Included are a vintage Montgomery city bus in which visitors can sit where Rosa Parks did in 1955 and a dime-store lunch counter that recreates the sit-ins of the early 1960s.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (September to May) and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (June to August). Tickets: $5 adults; $4 for seniors and students; $3 for children aged 6 to 12).

450 Mulberry St., Memphis;

(901) 521-9699.

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