Mallory-Neely interior

Mallory-Neely House is Reopening

The Museum of Science & History (MoSH) is pleased to announce the reopening of the Mallory-Neely House on Saturday, January 8, 2022 ,and a Blind Tiger Speakeasy event on March 5. 

The home, built in 1852, was the residence of a series of wealthy Memphians and is one of two homes operated by MoSH. Beginning on January 8, the Mallory-Neely House will be open to visitors each Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 PM. Tours will operate every hour on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4 PM. The Mallory-Neely House will also feature rotating exhibits each month. January’s exhibit is The Art of the Home, followed by a deeper look at African American history in February, coinciding with Black History Month. 

“We are so excited to once again share the rich history of the Mallory-Neely House. This amazing home tells the story of not just what life was like in the 1800s, but also of the families that lived here,” says Taylor Hopkins, Manager of Historic Houses. “Visitors will learn about the Mallory and Neelys as well as the servants and enslaved people who worked in the homes and in Memphis.” 

Tours touch on all aspects of life for the Mallory-Neely family, from the high Victorian furnishings of the 25-room mansion, to social customs, artwork ,and life in turn of the century Memphis. The reopening kicks off a robust calendar of events for the historic home, which has hosted weddings, high teas, and other social events over the years.  

Mallory-Neely House
Mallory-Neely House Image courtesy of Thomas R Machnitzki – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Blind Tiger Speakeasy  

Fans of the Roaring 20s will not want to miss the “Blind Tiger” Speakeasy event on March 5. For one night, the past will roar into focus as the home is transformed into a Prohibition-era speakeasy, also known as a blind tiger, complete with glamorous flappers, fabulous cocktails, and rollicking music. 

Details for the Mallory-Neely History House tours and special events can be found on the MoSH website.  

About the Mallory-Neely House 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in the Victorian Village Historic District, the Mallory-Neely House is one of Memphis’s treasured historic sites. Built in 1852, it is beautifully preserved and retains all of the original interiors, furniture, and artifacts. The iconic home was preserved by Mrs. Frances Neely Mallory, who was known as Miss Daisy. Daisy moved into the home with her parents as a child in 1883, returned as an adult to raise her own family there with her husband, and was the last family member to reside in the home, until her death in 1969. The house was gifted to the City of Memphis in 1985, and has been operated as a historic house museum by MoSH since 1987.  

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