Visit the Emporium

We hope you will stop by for a self-guided visit! Admission is free, and exhibitions are generally appropriate for all ages.

Visit the Emporium during these public hours:
+ Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

+ First Friday of the month for Emporium gallery receptions, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6).

Please note, we are closed for holidays (March 30, May 28, July 4, September 3). 

Nearby parking:

If you receive a parking ticket in error, please call City of Knoxville 311 (865-215-4311). Do not attempt to park at a broken parking meter – you may receive a ticket!

  • There are numerous metered parking spots on the 100 block of Gay Street. Maximum purchase is for two hours; meters may not be refilled after the max time. Payment is required Mon-Sat 8 AM – 6 PM via coins or credit/debit card.
  • There are back-in, angled metered parking spots on the Gay Street viaduct between Jackson Avenue and Depot Street. Maximum purchase is for ten hours. Payment is required Mon-Sat 8 AM – 6 PM via coins or credit/debit card.
  • Parking is available in the 190-space Jackson Avenue Lot #1 (caddy-corner from the Emporium) for $1/hour (max daily rate of $7). Payment is required Mon-Fri 8 AM – 6 PM (free on weekends) via coins, bills, and credit cards.
  • There are 231 spaces with free parking 24/7 in the Old City Lot North & South, located beneath the James White Parkway (just beyond Barley’s on E. Jackson Avenue in the Old City).

You’ll find over 5,500 parking spaces that are free all weekend and free weeknights when you enter after 6 PM. If you’re planning a visit during the day in the middle of the week, many of these garages are $1 per hour with a maximum charge of $7 per day. Some are free 24/7. They’re all around town! Find details at

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