“Museum in Memphis, TN”
The Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium in Memphis, Tennessee, serves as the Mid-South's major science and historical museum and features exhibits ranging from archeology to chemistry. Over 240,000 people visit the museum each year.The museum is part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums, a collection of historic, educational, and technological attractions maintained by the City of Memphis and Memphis Museums, Inc. The Lichterman Nature Center, the first accredited nature center in the United States, is part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums, as well as the Coon Creek Science Center, an education center which is open to organized groups and features a fossil site.The Mallory-Neely House and Magevney House are also part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. The Mallory-Neely House is a three-story Italianate Victorian mansion built in 1852, and features 25 rooms and most of its original furnishings. The Magevney House, an 1830s cottage furnished as it might have been in 1850, is one of the city's oldest remaining residences.The Sharpe Planetarium, housed at the Pink Palace, features 165-seat theater-in-the-round auditorium and offers public shows that project star fields, visual images, and laser lights on a domed ceiling. The Crew Training International 3D Giant Theater opened on January 21, 1995 and features a four-story high movable screen. The Pink Palace Museum, the Sharpe Planetarium, and the Crew Training International 3D Giant Theater are accredited members of the American Alliance of Museums.
For families with kids of school-age children: most of my kids thought it was incredibly boring. Most everything is behind glass and/or not allowed to touch and interact with. A few exceptions: confederate articles (pistol, rifle, comb made of bone, metal matchbox, dress up clothing, etc); planetary and science games & interactive exhibits right inside entrance; circus playroom & pully system puzzle; & grocery lists for country store & Piggly Wiggly (hunt for items on list but not touch items). Circus room would have been a hit, except it wasn’t turned on. Not sure why so many locals suggested this place when they spoke with us.
For adults and older children that like to look & read: amazing collection of fossils, science history finds from the local area, pioneer memorabilia, confederate army memorabilia, gemstones, crystals, taxidermy birds and other local animals such as an armadillo & python skeleton, plus much much more.
The mansion itself was a bit disappointing. Many walls are very modern and dry walled with modern looking baseboards. The exterior, entryway, and windows were the only impressive parts—giant murals, giant Victorian mirror, large plastered arches.
We didn’t see any shows in the theater or planetarium ($$), so can’t vouch for any of those.
Really good. Fun planetarium show and good collection of fossil, and beautiful geology samples.
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Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium
- Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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