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Bass Pro Shop – Memphis, TN

By Linda Caffee
Posted Sep 17th 2017 9:30AM

Why is there a 32-story glass pyramid in downtown Memphis? That is what held my interest and I learned that the Pyramid was built in 1991 and plays on the cities namesake in Egypt knows for the ancient pyramids.  The pyramid in Memphis is the tenth tallest in the world and the Luxor Pyramid in Las Vegas is the seventh tallest with the tallest being in Pyongyang, North Korea. The pyramid in North Korea was designed to be a hotel and is still not open.

The Pyramid in Memphis lost its NBA sports team and was closed down and sat empty till Bass Pro Shop leased the location in 2010 and opened the doors to the public in 2015.  There is a hotel located in the “Shop”, Big Cypress Lodge that has themed rooms.  What I thought was funny is that Bass Pro Shop allows animals inside but the hotel does not.

There is a restaurant located at the top, The Lookout, and it is not cheap to get to the restaurant or to eat.  The elevator is glass and gives a unique view of the amazing trees, water features, and shops located on the floor of the Pyramid. The elevator is not free and costs $10.00 a person and once at the top you can go out on the clear floored balcony to look over the city.  Great view and awesome to see once and we will not pay to do that again.  We also chose to eat at the Lookout and were very disappointed not only in the food but the bill.  I would suggest when if you are going to eat at the Pyramid that as you enter head directly to Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill and get your name on the waiting list. Next go up to the observation deck and check out the view.

What I liked about the “Shop” is the water features, the lighting, and the feeling of not really being in a store. The trees are amazing with the moss hanging from them and the twinkling lights that remind me of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride in Disneyland.  If there has been banjo music I might have reconsidered how much time we spent here. 

We parked at the Welcome Center on the south side of I-40 that says no trucks and asked inside the welcome center if we were all right and got the ok to park.  There is no room for a tractor trailer and I would not suggest bringing in anything bigger than a straight truck. There appears to be no parking for trucks at the Bass Pro Shop and there is a low overhang going into the front of the building.  This is the most amazing Bass Pro Shop we have visited to date and we will be back again just for the atmosphere. 


Bob & Linda Caffee


Saint Louis MO

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