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Pink Palace Museum

3050 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 320-6320
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Ranked #20 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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
10 helpful votes 10 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Georgiana, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you have kids who like dinosaurs and other amazing things of the past, this is a great stop! We adults enjoyed it, too. We saw a film at the planetarium (I fell asleep), and saw all of the exhibits, which were awesome! At this time, they have a robotic bug exhibit. Very cool! We also liked that they had... More

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St Louis
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We saw the meerkat 3D movie. Very interesting and fun to watch. Lots of exhibits to see inside. Went to the planetarium which was informative, but not interesting to younger family member. Would highly recommend a visit for families.

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Mobile, Alabama
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110 reviews 110 reviews
67 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My sole reason for the visit was for the Piggly Wiggly store display in the museum but fell in love with the architecture of the building itself.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This place is perfect for kids and adults( no kids with me) to spend an afternoon . There is something or everyone here, and the miniature circus is worth it alone! A great way to spend the day!

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Newton, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Pink Palace Museum is located in the home of Clarence Saunders, founder of Piggly Wiggly and a pioneer of the early supermarket. The mansion looks more brown then pink however. We got into the exhibits free with the ATSC card, but the admission seems high for just exhibits. The dinosaur exhibit was interesting, but it does not take long... More

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