The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery

Located at 333 Beale Street, in Ernest Withers’ last working studio and the building that was named in his honor in1995, the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery is 7,000 square feet of Memphis History. In 2011, The Withers Collection opened its doors to the public, inviting everyone to see what Ernest Withers had accomplished. With close to 1.8 million images in the archive, you can imagine what a labor of love it was to sort, preserve, and print the images they chose to put on display, a labor of love that isn’t even close to completion. The images on display range from key Civil Rights Movement events to legendary blues and jazz performers. Martin Luther King, Jr., B.B. King, “The King of Rock and Roll,” and “The Queen of Soul,” can all be seen, captured in their elements, in beautiful black and white photographs. If you love music, history, and Memphis, a visit to The Withers Collection is a must!  



  • The Withers Collection is the largest family-owned photographic collection taken by one individual
  • It is estimated that Ernest Withers took close to FIVE MILLION photographs in his life
  • The Withers Collection Archive contains approximately 1.8 million images
  • The location of the Gallery is the same building and rooms that housed the last working studio of Dr. Ernest C. Withers
  • In 1995, the City of Memphis named the location at 333 Beale Street the Ernest C. Withers Building
  • The current location is over 7,000 square feet, and includes a Main Gallery, a Music Gallery, and a special events space
  • We are the only source for licensing Ernest C. Withers photographs