One of the largest facilities in the Southeast, the Pink Palace Museum features some unique exhibits that are worth exploring, like the walk-through replica of the very first self-service grocery store in the US, the Piggly Wiggly. There’s a historical exhibit focusing on the Mid-South with dioramas and audio-visual interactive tools, as well as other exciting exhibits.
Get a look at 20th century Memphis, which tells the stories of Memphian legends, like Mayor “Boss” Crump and Elvis Presley. The museum also delves into cultural perspectives, focusing on changing gender roles and social and cultural differences between the present and the past.
The exhibit “Museum Memories” tells the tale of the museum itself and how it came to be a landmark to Memphis residents. The first exhibits ever installed are displayed, with a collection of North American game animals and 800 taxidermied birds. Next to join the growing collection were a few dolls, a mastodon jawbone, a lock of President Andrew Jackson’s hair, and even the shrunken head of an Ecuadorian Indian.
Another popular area of the museum is the Memphis Music exhibit. There, guests will learn about Elvis Presley’s debut on the Memphis music scene and the creative revolution that his music triggered. A separate area of the exhibit focuses on William C. Handy, or the “Father of the Blues.”
On June 23 another exhibit will be joining the Pink Palace Museum ranks as the long awaited “Giant Killer Dinosaurs of Argentina” join the current dinosaur exhibits. The exhibit interactive and allows guests to see the largest dinosaurs ever found, complete with skeletons, robotics, a dig pit, kids’ activities and interesting video footage. The 38-foot Giganotosaurus was bigger than T-Rex and is only known from a single skeleton. There will also be a Velociraptor, a Monolophosaurus, a Toujiangosaurus and a Lystrosaurus.
While you’re in the area, be sure to check out other local activities, like the Memphis Rockin’ Running Tour, only 2 ½ miles from the museum. If you’d like to stay in the area, consider the Econo Lodge or Rodeway Inn, both of which are less than 4 miles away.