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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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Description: 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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Nice place to kill a few hours

The Pink Palace was originally supposed to be a house for the founder of the Piggly Wiggly chain. It has a lot of potential as an old home that I think is under utilized. Only a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2012
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Springfield, Missouri
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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Coming from Chicago with a myriad of wonderful museums and entering a place like the Pink Palace which was a smallish combination of museums, it really wasn't worth the trip to see it. Granted, what they did exhibit was done very nice and professionally. I especially liked the Piggly Wiggly store. However, the layout was disjointed with medical/surgical equipment right... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

The Pink Palace was originally supposed to be a house for the founder of the Piggly Wiggly chain. It has a lot of potential as an old home that I think is under utilized. Only a small portion of the actual house is used for displays that are generic Memphis history about the role of women, the response to WWII,... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We did vist the Pink Place Museum 2 week ago, it is just a great place to go the price is cheap and there is so much to see.

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Atoka, Tennessee
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60 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

The Pink Palace is a nice place to visit. Decent cafe, good gift shop and good OmniMax Theater. A great deal of the time their exhibits are photos of things with descriptions instead of the actual object. The mansion is lovely and worth a walk through. The time circus is fun to wtch.

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Coldwater,Mississippi
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

The Pink Palace is not what people come to Memphis to see--BUT--this is a must see for people that love Museums--if you are in town. It is not the Smithsonian or the Peabody, but Memphis can be Proud of this attraction--I love it.

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Atlanta, GA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Love any natural history museums. Throw in some cultural history as well - bonus. Fantastic building and its history. Well done.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

Clarence Saunders built the magnificent mansion right before the stock market crash. It is constructed of Pink Marble. After the city took it over and turned the Palace into a natural history museum, they added an addition to the side of it which houses more exhibit space, a planetarium, and an Imax theater. Many of the exhibits relate to Mr.... More 

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Upland, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

I loved the way they have captured the South through the eyes of the residents of Memphis. You will see an old grocery store, pharmacy, medical supplies, clothes worn in the civil war as well as beautiful gowns worn in coming out dances. They also have an extensive pre-historic exhibit. What is necessary here is to pay attention on the... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

The Pink Palace has always been a sort of well put together hodge podge of a place, taking you through natural history (with dinosaurs!), geology, Memphis history (complete with dioramas of Civil War battlefield "surgery") , a replica of the first ever full service grocery store, and traveling exhibits of everything from the cotton industry to the bio-mechanics of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

historic home turned into a mueseum. Changing exhibits in main area and some of the same ones in othters. We always have a good time when we go. Inexpensive

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