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Pink Palace Museum

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Address: 3050 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
Phone Number: (901) 320-6320
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The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the...

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.

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Great museum rooted with Memphis history

I had to review this museum for a class towards my history degree so it was more of a "had to go" than a "let's go do something today" but boy was I surprised. Not being a native... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Mackinawkid
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum has everything, even a giant dinosaur roaring to greet you. Stands up and blows fire and roars. Very impressive. They have elevators for elderly on walkers. Mom enjoyed this place as a kid, so we took her back and she loved it. They have it very well displayed with lots of maps, arrows, etc. to go in and... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had to review this museum for a class towards my history degree so it was more of a "had to go" than a "let's go do something today" but boy was I surprised. Not being a native Memphis resident I felt more connected to the city after thoroughly enjoying their huge Memphis exhibit, which includes a replica of the... More 

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Thank Mackinawkid
Goffstown, New Hampshire
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137 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited with 12 of us, ages 13 to 80, and most of us were unimpressed. It is under some sort of renovation, but what's to come was not advertised. Most of the palace was closed off to the public. There was a private event happening that evening, but still it didn't appear to have much access to the palace... More 

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Richard P, Administrator of Public Affairs at Pink Palace Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. Exciting things are always happening at the Pink Palace Museum. You can watch a movie in our newly remodeled CTI 3D Giant Theater. Journey To Space 3D, Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D and Living In The Age Of Airplanes are currently playing. The AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium reopened January 30! The New... More 

Rockford, Illinois
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed this museum. They had a nice variety of exhibits and it's free on Tuesday afternoons. They also had signs up about renovations they are doing and exhibits they will be adding so we'll go back once those are completed.

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Thank liss681
Byhalia, Mississippi
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95 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful museum and a good place to spend an afternoon looking and learning. The museum is attached to the old "Pink Palace" home of Clarence Sanders. The first floor has skeletons, dinosaurs, mammals, and an incredible mineral collection. The second floor is filled with exhibits on the cultural history of the mid-south. Make sure you see the... More 

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Thank Evelyn C
Keystone Heights, Florida
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67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When you drive up to this house, your hopes are quite high that the inside will match the outside. It does not. It is such a great space and there are so many possibilities, but it doesn't deliver at this time. The mansion part of the museum is gorgeous but it is mostly empty and seems to be used for... More 

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Thank Troualy
Richard P, Administrator of Public Affairs at Pink Palace Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. Exciting things are always happening at the Pink Palace Museum. You can watch a movie in our newly remodeled CTI 3D Giant Theater. Journey To Space 3D, Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D and Living In The Age Of Airplanes are currently playing. The Sharpe Planetarium will reopen January 30! The New Sharpe Planetarium will... More 

Atoka, Tennessee
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181 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a summer membership and was totally worth it for the price. The kids had a nice time there. Good place to go on a rainy day or when it's super hot out. Not as much to do as other places but still fun.

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Thank Patrick P
Southaven, Mississippi
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great attraction for the city. Do not expect a museum like those in Chicago or New York but is great for local history and some of the traveling exhibits are top notch. Easy free parking off Central.

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Thank Delta_Travelin_man
Memphis, Tennessee
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138 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best venue- go if you have the chance. The displays are great & always charity events to support! Love the people there & they support Memphis in every way. Planetarium is awesome.

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Thank Roitz
Saint Louis, Missouri
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417 reviews
158 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to learn about the history of Memphis, plus much more, here's where you want to go. As you walk thru the museum you learn about the different bones and fossils that have been found in the area, the kind of rocks, the history of the people starting from the earliest and working to current days. The exhibits... More 

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