Pink Palace Family of Museums#11 in Best Things To Do in Memphis
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If you've got kids in tow, plan on stopping by the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Housed in a flamboyant pink mansion constructed by supermarket tycoon Clarence Saunder, the museum is dedicated to educating visitors on history and culture with a variety of interactive exhibits – you can see a full-scale reproduction of an original Piggly Wiggly store, and spend some time at the popular dinosaur exhibit, the miniature circus, the planetarium and the IMAX theater. The wide variety of displays will appeal to visitors of all ages.
Recent visitors said the museum excels at exploring a diverse array of topics, making it easy for everyone in your group to find something that piques their interest. Some reviewers complained of the high admission cost; to save some cash, plan to visit on Tuesday when the museum offers free admission from 1 p.m. to close.
Located in about 6 miles east of downtown Memphis, the Pink Palace Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. On Friday, it's open until 9 p.m. Admission to the exhibits costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and $10 for children ages 3 through 12. Entry to the planetarium and the IMAX cost extra. If you're looking for more exhibits and attractions for young ones, consider making a stop at the Children's Museum of Memphis, which offers even more hands-on exhibits. For more information about events and exhibits at the Pink Palace Family of Museum, visit its website.
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Recent travelers agreed the National Civil Rights Museum should be at the top of anyone's list of things to see in Memphis. Housed in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the museum features multimedia presentations on the civil rights movement. With the help of 260 artifacts, more than 40 films, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts, visitors are guided through five centuries of history. During your self-guided tour, you'll view artifacts paramount to the movement, such as a Greyhound bus ridden by Freedom Riders. You'll also have the chance to see King's motel room, where he spent his final hours.
Reviewers described the museum as "surreal" and "incredbily moving." They went on to note the staging of the exhibits is "top-notch" and said the museum helped put seminal events of the period into context for a better overall understanding of the movement. Visitors should budget at least two to three hours to tour the entire facility. The museum is also a featured stop on many of the best Memphis tours.
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