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The Pink Palace Museum


The Pink Palace Museum
The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the southeastern United States. Its large collection of permanent exhibits help visitors to explore Memphis' natural and cultural history, while its vast variety of touring exhibits give guests an intriguing and well-rounded visit.

Pink Palace Mansion:

The Pink Palace Mansion is exactly that -- a mansion built of pink Georgian marble. It was designed in the early 1920s to be the home of Clarence Saunders, a prominent Memphian and founder of Piggly Wiggly stores. Before the mansion's construction was complete, Saunders was forced to file for bankruptcy. In the late 1920s the home was given to the city of Memphis to be used as a museum. Mansion exhibits include: Memphis Music, The Changing Roles of Women, Cotton Carnival, and Memphis Memories.

The "New" Museum:

Adjacent to the mansion is the more modern Pink Palace Museum building. This building also houses many of the museum's permanent exhibits. These exhibits include: a walk-through replica of the first Piggly Wiggly store, the amazing Clyde Parke Circus which is a mechanical one inch to one foot scale model circus, Native American pottery, and fossils. This building hosts ever changing traveling exhibits, as well.

Crew Training International IMAX Theater:

The Crew Training International IMAX Theater at the Pink Palace Museum is home to Memphis' first IMAX screen. The screen itself is four stories high and the theater seats 240 people. The theater shows various educational, yet entertaining films. Due to the size of the screen and the impressive surround sound, theater patrons feel as though they are part of the film's action. Click here for current IMAX showtimes.

Sharpe Planetarium:

The Sharpe Planetarium, also located inside the Pink Palace Museum used to have numerous shows weekly, as well as the occasional laser light show. Currently, the Sharpe Planetarium is open Tuesday through Saturday. Click here for a current schedule of planetarium shows.

Hours, Admission, and Location:

Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

Museum Only
Adults - $8.75
Seniors (60+) - $8.25
Children (3-12) - $6.25

Museum and Planetarium
Adults - $11.25
Seniors (60+) - $10.25
Children (3-12) - $8.25

Museum and IMAX
Adults - $13.50
Seniors (60+) - $12.50
Children (3-12) - $9.50

Museum, IMAX, & Planetarium
Adults - $18.00
Seniors (60+) - $16.50
Children (3-12) - $13.50

3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111

Pink Palace Website

*Hours and admission fees subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the museum to verify this information before your visit.

Other Pink Palace Facilities:

There are several other facilities that are a part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Click on each link below to learn more about them.
Lichterman Nature Center
Cook Creek Science Center
Mallory Neely House *Temporarily Closed*
Magevney House *Temporarily Closed*

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