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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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Peoria Heights, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Manassas, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Note: there were many signs touting an upcoming renovation starting in 2014 and ending 2019. I'm interested in seeing the end result I was a little disappointed in the exhibits. They seem a bit dated and few where broken or removed. It does spend a little time on different areas, so the quick pace might be good for younger kids.... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The museum is a mix of different stages of local and national history. Very interesting exhibits. The IMAX theater is an excellent venue for movies about nature. We attended a 3D movie about Jerusalem. There was an exhibit about grasshoppers and other insects. The larger than life insects were animated. Always a great experience.

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Springfield, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My fiance and I went to the Pink Palace about thirty minutes before closing, so it was free for us. We honestly didn't even spend the whole thirty minutes at this museum. I guess it just wasn't our particular taste in museums, but we didn't really enjoy it very much. They had a couple interesting exhibits, but nothing that really... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My husband and I took his mother and sister to this while they were visiting us for a week. It is well worth the visit, but go after 1 pm as admission to the museum itself is then free. The museum has a huge skeleton collection, an original set up of a Piggly Wiggly, and it has an awesome planetarium... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Fun family museum. Disappointed that you can't really tour the palace, but the guy who built it never actually got to finish it, and no one ever lived in it.

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Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This venue reminds me quite a lot of COSI (Center of Science and Industry) museum in Columbus, OH in its earlier years. The exhibits were interesting - albeit a few were small. What I found really interesting was the huge circus train exhibit. A man built a replica circus complete with circus train, animals, workers, etc. It is also a... More

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