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101 Things To Do In Memphis #94: CTI 3D Giant Theater at Pink Palace

by Melissa Thompson

There is truly so much to do at the Pink Palace Family of Museums! Visit the Museum, the Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center, Coon Creek Science Center, Mallory-Neely House, Magevney House, or the CTI 3D Giant Theater! Fun for the whole family!

The Crew Training International (CTI) 3D Giant Theater is the only large format theater in the Mid-South. Opened in 1995 as an IMAX theatre, it was constructed beneath the front lawn of the Memphis Pink Palace Museum and is accessed through the lower level of the museum.

This theater was only one of three in the world with a movable screen which allowed the Crew Training International IMAX Theater to be used for movies as well as meetings, lectures and other large-scale presentations.

The Pink Palace Museum has converted its giant screen theatre to 3D digital, provided by D3D. The system features state-of-the-art Barco 4K single projector solution featuring RealD’s XLW 3D system and a premium QSC multichannel audio system, providing and unparalleled viewer experience along with substantially-increased functionality.

Experience a little holiday magic with these great Christmas movies now playing until December 31st… The Light Before Christmas 3D, The Polar Express 3D, and Frozen, Sing Along 2D.

Click here for the full list of movies and show times.

Be sure to stop by The Pink Palace on Thursday, December 24th at 3 p.m. for the Santa Send-Off! Wave goodbye to Santa as he takes off for the North Pole to begin his journey around the world!

For times, advance tickets and more information, call (901) 636-2362 or visit

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #73: Pink Palace Museum

by Melissa Thompson

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 


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Pink Palace Family of Museums FREE 3 Month Summer Trial!

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Looking for Something to Do with Your Family This Summer?

The Pink Palace Family of Museums inspires people to learn how history, science, technology, and nature shape the Mid-South. Through rich collections, thought-provoking exhibitions, and engaging programs, the Pink Palace Museum encourages our diverse community to reflect on the past, understand the present, and influence the future.

The Memphis Pink Palace is offering a FREE 3 month trial Summer Membership, which includes the Pink Palace Museum and Lichterman Nature Center. Plus, you will receive discounts on IMAX and Planetarium tickets and a discount in the Museum store. To take part YOU MUST: log on to to enroll.  Registration ends May 31, so act fast! What a great way for your child to spend the summer!

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