This museum is housed in the Georgian marble home built in the 1920s by Clarence Sanders, founder of the Piggly Wiggly ... More
Pink Palace Museum
This museum is housed in the Georgian marble home built in the 1920s by Clarence Sanders, founder of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain. Sanders never got to live here, and the city transformed the site into a complex of attractions, including the Sharpe Planetarium and an IMAX theater . The Pink Palace's exhibits cover topics ranging from dinosaurs to the Civil War, and from the early Spanish explorers to the evolution of medical research in Memphis.
The Memphis Pink Palace Museum was chosen Best Museum of 2011 in the Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.
The Memphis Flyer says, "Memphis has some spectacular museums. But the beautiful and popular Pink Palace has a planetarium, an IMAX theater and a shrunken head." Memphis Flyer, September 29-October 5, 2011
I went with my 2 and 1/2 year old son today and have always enjoyed my trips in the past. We bought a family membership for $75.00 and two tickets for the "enchanted forest." I told them I wanted to be able to see everything today. After about 20 minutes in the museum I came to the exit door between the "Enchanted Forest" and the museum exhibits.
A clerk stationed there told me that I had the wrong tickets and needed to leave the exhibit. She wasn't even nice about it. I showed her my $82.00 receipt, temporary membership card, and Enchanted Forest tickets. She told me I had to leave...child started to cry...other staff wouldn't help, etc.--I think you get the picture. I guess I could have caused a big hassle, but if you don't want me somewhere I'll just leave.
Basically, I paid $82.00 for almost nothing. I don't know how I ran into uncordial and pretentious staff people--but I did.
For the money skip the Pink Palace and go to the zoo.
I LOVED the history displays they were the neatest things I had ever seen my favorite part of of going to the museum was the imax theater we watched Santa vs. the Snowman me and my friends sat on the very front rows the movie was so real it felt like we were actually moving
My 8 year old daughter and 10 year old son have outgrown the children's museum and the Pink Palace was a perfect fit. My daughter thought it was grand. Big enough to be interesting but not intimidating. We are going back to get the family pass so we can go again and again!
It cost 26 dollars for my husband and I to see the exhibits and do an imax film. Oh man, that imax is awesome. We saw "secrets of greece", and I can only say WOW! Also, the area history exhibit was lots of fun.
I loved the imax theater, the sound was great, the images was excellent. The kids learned so much from the movie. The sound was surround sound and some times it would scary the kids, but they just laughed. The kids had so much fun in the imax and museum. The just wished we had more time. I will take my own kids again and again. These kids learned so much and so did I.
Always great IMAX movies and plenty of showtimes. Museum store is great.. something for every age and price range. The Pink Palace encorporates various traveling or "guest" exhibits. Sept 2005 (for example) were dinosaurs from China and next (in Oct 2005) special exhibit is Egyptian. The PP Museum also has their regular exhibits and includes interactive exhibits.. like "teaching exhibits" about sound, light, electricity, etc.
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