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Pink Palace Museum

3050 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 320-6320
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Ranked #22 of 86 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, History Museums
Owner description: The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. You can walk through a replica of the first self-service grocery... more » Owner description: The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. You can walk through a replica of the first self-service grocery store in the country, Clarence Saunders' Piggly Wiggly. Explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas, and audio-visuals. Trace Memphis' development from the time of Spanish explorers through the Civil War and the yellow fever epidemics. Learn from the award-winning medical exhibit how health care grew to be Memphis' largest industry. « less
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Reno
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148 reviews 148 reviews
39 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It may have an odd name, but the Pink Palace is really a fascinating museum. Besides the history of the Piggly Wiggly and grocery stores in general, there are a lot of quality relics and local history to comb through. You can even see a shrunken head. It isn't a crowded attraction, so you won't feel rushed or need to... More

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a wonderful place to see! It was built by Clarence Saunders, the founder of Piggly Wiggly groceries. He was definitely ahead of his time, as he created a completely slot machine store for shoppers to go to for their food! However, this did not go over with the public; so, his greatest success was the home that he... More

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Margaret River
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We went to the Pink Palace to fill in some time but were extremely impressed with the whole setup. There is a lot stuff to see here from the planetarium through to dinosaurs, evolution story, fossils, medical history, first supermarket exhibit, circus model and on & on. Really enjoyed our visit and recommend.

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Irving, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Lots of reading and info of history. It takes a few hours to look and read everything. We loved it and the planetarium was a good way to end the trip. If you only like to look and not read you will be there only an hour or so.

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Bradford, Tennessee
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We try to come here and the Nature Center at least every 2 years because we sign up at the end of May to get the free summer pass and it makes for a free one day trip for the family. Will you enjoy the special exhibit and glad that they change them up. This year it is Twice Bitten... More

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International Falls, MN
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

What a site! At first, I didn't want to visit but my friend highly recommended it and I'm so very glad I went. Very nice museum and I definitely will visit here again!

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Peoria Heights, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is nice little gem to check out. It's free on Tuesday's which is why i went. It has this huge replica of a circus which was amazing. If you have extra time go check this out.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The mechanical insect exhibit was awsome. Over all musuem is great. They have a IMAX and planetarium. Really loved the natural history section, could stayed there all day.

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

That's what I thought when I saw 'Pink Palace Museum'. Happily, no Elvis here. What is here is a great museum that covers rocks 'n stuff, dinosaurs, bodies, all that museum-kinda stuff. PLUS, local history and dioramas, including the re-creation of the first Piggly-Wiggly supermarket from Jefferson Street, downtown Memphis, Also has an amazing scale-model of a big-top circus, accurate... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I had been wanted for years to take my kids to the Pink Palace Museum. I was very disappointed as I found most of the museum to be very old and dated.

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