Memphis Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium: An Educational Enclave

The Pink Palace in Memphis is a family of museums that includes the Pink Palace Museum (fixed and rotating exhibits), Planetarium (astronomy), Coon Creek Science Center, Lichterman Nature Center (museum of native wildlife) and historic homes (Mallory-Neely House, Magevney House Victorian Houses). Thanks to the great folks at Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums and Memphis Travel (big shout out to Ronda and Jeff!), we were given an opportunity to visit Pink Palace and catch a 3D documentary – National Parks Adventure 3D, which was amazing!

Entrance of Pink Palace Museum
Entrance of Pink Palace Museum
2bearbear @ Pink Palace Museum
2bearbear @ Pink Palace Museum


Opening Hours and Admission Fees of Memphis Pink Palace

Map of Pink Palace Museum Memphis
Map of Pink Palace Museum Memphis

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

Saturday
9am – 5pm

Sunday
12pm – 5pm

Admission Prices

Exhibits only
Members – Free
$7.25-CHILD (3-12)
$12.25-SENIOR (60+)
$12.75-ADULT (13-59)

Exhibits and Planetarium
$11.25-CHILD (3-12)
$16.25-SENIOR (60+)
$17.75-ADULT (13-59)

Exhibits and CTI 3D Giant Theater Documentary Movie
$12.25-CHILD (3-12)
$18.25-SENIOR (60+)
$19.75-ADULT (13-59)

Exhibits, CTI 3D Giant Theater Documentary Film and Planetarium
$17.25-CHILD (3-12)
$23.25-SENIOR (60+)
$25.75-ADULT (13-59)


What’s at Memphis Pink Palace?

After grabbing a quick bite at Bella Caffe, we saw a model of what Pink Palace will be in the near future…

Sandwich at Bella Caffe Memphis Pink Palace Museum
Sandwich at Bella Caffe Memphis Pink Palace Museum
Pink Palace Museum of the Future
Pink Palace Museum of the Future

At the museum itself, there are 3 main sections: Natural History, Cultural History of the Mid-South and Memphis History.

Natural History Museum Pink Palace Museum Memphis
Natural History Museum Pink Palace Museum Memphis
Skeleton of Mastadon at Memphis Pink Palace
Skeleton of Mastadon at Memphis Pink Palace

Memphis History

Victorian Age Decor
Victorian Age Decor

Unfortunately, we do not agree with the theory of evolution (humans evolved from ape-like being), shown at the Natural History Section, due to our faith in Christ and that we are God’s creation. Hence, we moved on to the cultural section of the museum. There, we saw the cotton gin. An invention that reduced the number of slaves required to separate cotton from its seeds but ironically caused the cotton trade to boom, resulting in the massive trade of slavery in USA as learnt from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

Cotton Gin Memphis Pink Palace Museum
Cotton Gin Memphis Pink Palace Museum

We also saw a miniature circus made by Clyde Parke. He spent 30 years, up to 18 hours a day, carving the clowns, animals, wagons and crowds…

Clyde Parke Miniature Circus at Pink Palace Museum Memphis
Clyde Parke Miniature Circus at Pink Palace Museum Memphis
Wagon made by Clyde Parke
Wagon made by Clyde Parke

We also saw the replica of Clarence Saunder’s Piggly Wiggly grocery store

Piggly Wiggly at Pink Palace Memphis
Piggly Wiggly at Pink Palace Memphis
Products sold in those days
Products sold in those days

It was definitely cool to see that some brands such as Quaker Oats are still around today!

National Parks Adventure 3D
National Parks Adventure 3D

We ended our trip to Memphis Pink Palace with a 3D show – National Parks Adventure 3D. Having been to Yellowstone National Park, Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National Park, it’s really cool to “revisit” them through this amazing documentary narrated by Robert Redford.

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Unfortunately, the Pink Palace Mansion was under construction when we visited. Nonetheless, we hope you have enjoyed our coverage of Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums and remember to catch the 3D movies while you’re there!

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