Shannon Perry, New Executive Director, Fire Museum of Memphis

New Executive Director for the Fire Museum!

The Fire Museum of Memphis is excited to announce its new executive director Shannon Perry.  Shannon will assume her new post on January 2, 2018.


Shannon Perry is a Memphian with over twenty years of museum experience in project management, exhibitions, and collections.  After graduating from James Madison University in 1994, she began her career at the Dixon Gallery where she interned and was later hired as an assistant registrar.  In 1996 she joined the Fire Museum of Memphis (when the museum operated out of 2600 Poplar Avenue), where she served first as registrar, and later as curator.  She has a unique perspective on the Fire Museum, as she was part of the initial staff during the capital campaign, renovation and exhibition design and fabrication for the buildings at 118 Adams before the museum opened in 1998. 


Mrs. Perry left Memphis in 1999 to complete a graduate degree in art history at the University of Maryland.  She spent a decade at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, managing traveling exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and later maintaining collection information for over 41,000 objects at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  For the past three years, she served as the Collections Manager of the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has also taught at the University of Maryland, Catholic University of America, and the University of Memphis. 


Shannon is married to Warren Perry, the assistant director of the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.  They have a five-year-old daughter, Jeanne Lynn, and a seven-year-old pug named Oxford. 


She is extremely excited to begin a new chapter in her life as Executive Director of the Fire Museum of Memphis, and she is dedicated to the museum’s mission of fire safety education and preservation of fire service history. 


The Fire Museum is Memphis' Hottest Attraction!!!  America’s premier interactive fire museum is in the legendary Fire Engine House No. 1 in downtown Memphis.  Nearly 500,000 school children have been served in the past 19 years, reducing the fire fatality rate in the City of Memphis and surrounding areas. 



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