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“Educational” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cotton Exchange Building

Cotton Exchange Building
84 South Front St, Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown)
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Ranked #53 of 172 things to do in Memphis
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Massapequa Park, NY
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“Educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

This was a good museum about the history of cotton in the ld days and NOW. Cotton is NOT just a tee shirt...who knew cotton was a good insulator for an attic?!?!? Very interesting movie and exhibits. I learned a lot here.

Visited October 2011
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“OK but a bit overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

Well you will certainly learn more about cotton than you ever thought you would need to know. The building, formerly the Cotton Exchange, has been well restored and the exhibits are interesting, with a range of interactive stations. But as other reviewers have pointed out, it is a bit overpriced at $10. And it is not as if there aren't plenty of other things to see in Memphis.

Visited September 2011
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“Who knew cotton could be so interesting?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

the displays include everything from cotton farming to the relationship with blues; how cotton is utilized today and the culture of king cotton. i was compelled to go after driving through back roads and saw cotton fields - i had to know more. found this online and came. it was so worth the visit!

Visited September 2010
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“Just Okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor, we were excited to visit the Cotton Exchange Museum. We were a little disappointed when, after paying the $10 entrance fee, we discovered it consisted of just one room.
There were a number of videos that visitors can watch as well as some displays. As a history teacher, I was disappointed to find several inaccurate portrayals of historical information.
The museum and building certainly provided an interesting glimpse into something that was such a big part of Memphis history, but after about 45 minutes, we had seen everything it had to offer. If you only have a short amount of time, this might be for you, but there are other museums in Memphis charging similar fees with much more extensive and compelling exhibits.
I love museums (big and small), but this one seemed a bit overpriced for what it provided.

Visited July 2011
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“A sleeper of a site -- very interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

We pride ourselves on seeing those gems that most people miss on a vacation. The Cotton Exchange Building and Museum is one of those. We walked by on a Sunday evening and thought it would provide a great start to our touring on Monday. We certainly didn't expect to spend 1-1/2 hours there while learning so much! It packs a lot into a small space. The exhibits require a lot of reading, so chances are younger kids will be bored. But interested teens and adults will learn about the long, storied past of growing, harvesting and selling cotton. Displays also address the social and economic inequalities and civil rights issues entwined with cotton, including some films made in the 1950s which furthered these inequities. If you want to know more, ask! The staffer there on the day we went, who I believe is part-time curator (?), is an expert. Plus, if you're a film buff, you can take your picture in front of the elevators where Tom Cruise waited in The Firm! All in all, a great stop -- we're so glad we made it!

Visited July 2011
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