History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Learn from the past with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $8 for admission for 2 (up to a $20 value)
- $12 for admission for 4 (up to a $40 value)
- $24 for admission for 10 (up to a $100 value)
Each admission includes full museum access and a self-guided audio tour of the surrounding neighborhood.
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
The Cotton Museum
In the pre-computer age, wagons and trucks loaded with cotton samples once flooded Front Street, where cotton traders graded, bought, sold, and shipped their wares on the floor of the private Memphis Cotton Exchange. Formerly off-limits to everyone but members and their guests, the restored 3,000-square-foot room—adorned with ornate architectural flourishes from 1924 and a 30-foot ceiling—opened to the public as The Cotton Museum in 2006. Through documentary films and exhibits, the institution traces the history of the exchange and the impact of cotton on culture and society. The museum's oral-history project collects testimonials from merchants, mill workers, and sharecroppers, and its hall of fame honors innovative industry leaders who turned to cotton after unsuccessful attempts at lassoing clouds. Outside, a 30-minute self-guided walking tour highlights nine historical stops around Front Street, whereas the Exploration Hall's interactive indoor exhibit, The Changing World of Cotton, describes industry advances in mechanization and environmental sustainability.
I learned so much about the cotton industry and the people that were involved in the farming and production of cotton. They have a great collectionBigMikeOaktown, TripAdvisor, 4/1/13
you can watch short films, listen to people's firsthand accounts of live when cotton was king, or read the well displayed exhibits. Highly recommendGemlosWorldTour, TripAdvisor, 6/1/13
Tips from Groupon Customers
“The museum consists of 2 rooms, very brief. Lots of great information, but pretty dated. I enjoyed the exhibits, but I love learning. :-)”
“Great place, enjoyed the history of the cotton trade.”
“Great educational place to visit”
Downtown Medical Center
65 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103Get Directions