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. You will also see how dinosaurs and fossils dramatically chronicle our ever-changing planet. The Museum also hosts a number of touring exhibits for you to see and experience throughout the year.

Kids as young as 3 years-old will be able to enjoy this museum. Older kids will have a greater appreciation for what it has to offer; adults will love it! Depending on the age (and attention span) of your kiddos, plan to spend 1-2 hours touring the museum.

The four story IMAX with state-of-the-art digital surround sound is a don’t-miss. There are a handful of times to see an IMAX show, so check the website for times and arrange your visit accordingly. You cannot enter an IMAX show once it has started, so don’t be late!

Visit on a Tuesday after 1pm and your museum admission is free. Even if you never expect to get back to Memphis, check the membership rates for a discount. If you plan to do the Planetarium and IMAX with 2 kids or more, the membership might save you some money. 
  
Bella Café offers sandwiches, salads, coffee and desserts. They are Project Green Fork Certified, and you can even come and eat at the Café without being a museum guest. You can picnic on the lawn or at the picnic tables, too. 

Be Sure Not to Miss the Following Exhibits:
Birds, Bats and Bugs
The Birds, Bats and Bugs room is open Thursdays from 9am – 1pm. This is a touch-and-feel discovery room that my son would have stayed in all day. The staff member in this room held his attention and gently showed him around. I would pay full price just for access to this room and staff member! It was great.

Discovery Days
On select days of the month (usually 2 per month) the museum offers activities for kids that complement one of the permanent or temporary exhibits at the museum. See the website for dates and more information. 

Scavenger Hunt
You can make this a fun educational experience by leveraging the scavenger hunt worksheet or discovery worksheets found on the website. 

”Real” Dinosaur
Don’t miss the life-sized triceratops, but be forewarned that it is mechanical. As you approach it, he comes to life with roaring and animated movement. My brave little 4 year-old was frightened at first since neither of us was expecting this. He quickly warmed up to the big guy and continues to talk about it even to this day.

Visit the website or call 901.636.2362 for ticket pricing, hours of operation, directions and additional information.

The Pink Palace 
3050 Central Ave 
Memphis, TN 

 

By and photo credit: memphismuseums.org