Pink Palace Museum
The Pink Palace, a soubriquet bestowed on this elaborate pink
marble Memphis mansion by the locals, was intended to be a luxury
home for the founder of the Piggy Wiggly chain of supermarkets,
Clarence Saunders, when he began building it back in the 1920s.
Before the ostentatious mansion that dominates Central Avenue was
completed Saunders declared bankruptcy, and the homestead ended up
in the hands of the city of Memphis for use as a museum. The Pink
Palace Museum is devoted to culture and natural history, its
origins preserved in the form of a replica of the first
self-service grocery store in the country, Saunders' Piggly Wiggly.
Visitors can also explore dioramas, exhibits and audio-visual
displays that trace Memphis' development from the arrival of the
Spanish explorers through the Civil War and yellow fever epidemics.
An award-winning medical exhibit highlight Memphis' development
into a health care centre for the United States. Dinosaurs and
fossils also feature, as does an e
Address: 3050 Central Avenue
Telephone: (901) 636 2362
Opening Time: Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, Sunday from
12pm to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, New Years Day and
Admission: Museum: $9.75 (adults), $6.25 (children 3-12); Imax: $8
(adults), $6.25 (children); Planetarium: $4.50 (adults), $4
(children). Combination tickets for Museum/Planetarium/Imax