The Dixon (4339 Park Ave., 901/761-5250, www.dixon.org , Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 1–5 p.m., adults $7, seniors $5, children $3), an art museum housed inside a stately Georgian-style home, has an impressive permanent collection of more than 2,000 paintings, many of them French impressionist and postimpressionist style, including works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Cézanne.
It also mounts a half dozen special exhibits each year; previous ones have showcased the art of George Rodrigue and David Macaulay.
The Dixon is an easy place to spend several hours, immersed first in art and then in walking the paths that explore the house’s 17 acres of beautifully tended gardens. There is a cutting garden, woodland garden, and formal gardens, among others.
Admission to the Dixon is free on Saturday 10 a.m.–noon.