Pink Palace Museum
Welcome to the Pink Palace Museum, an integral part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. The entirety of the museum collection includes the CTI Giant Theater, Autozone Dome at Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center, Coon Creek Science Center, and Historic Houses.
The Pink Palace Museum itself is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. It allows you to explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas, and audiovisuals. The mansion it is housed in was once one of the most talked-about structures in the city, built by a local Memphis supermarket magnate who unfortunately never got to enjoy the amenities it provided, as his finances took a turn for the worst before moving in. The home held such impressive features as a massive entry lobby with a pipe organ, a ballroom, an indoor swimming pool, a shooting gallery, a bowling alley and eight bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom.
There a few permanent exhibits here, as well as regularly changing temporary exhibits. The permanent exhibits include The Cultural History of the Mid-South, The Natural History of the Mid-South, and The Re-Imagined Mansion. Together, these exhibits all work to help you "trace Memphis' development from the time of Spanish explorers through the Civil War and the yellow fever epidemics." More generally, they will also put into perspective such big scientific areas as dinosaurs, fossils, and our ever-changing planet.
There is an onsite eatery here, Metro Eats, that offers deli items and coffee. There are sack lunch choices for student groups as well.