The interactive exhibits and programs compiled by the Pink Palace Family of Museums reinforce a mission that has stayed constant for 80 years: to "inspire people to learn how history, science, technology, and nature shape the Mid-South." Attached to Clarence Saunders' mansion built in the 1920s, the museum's permanent exhibits take an eclectic approach to chronicling the past, revealing everything from ancient fossils to contemporary southern history. Inside, visitors can chart the history of Memphis from the early Spanish explorers through the Civil War or walk through a replica of Saunders' original Piggly Wiggly—the country’s first self-service grocery store, and even see a shrunken head. Global adventures are chronicled on a four-story screen at the CTI-IMAX theater, and the Sharpe Planetarium explores the cosmos from the comfort of a 130-seat theater.
Traveling to east Memphis, one can discern the natural side of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Lichterman Nature Center encompasses 65 acres of lush gardens filled with native wildflowers, trees, and wildlife. The center combines self-guided nature walks with plant sales and educational activities to expose visitors to the natural world.
Built in 1928, the historic Orpheum Theatre Memphis once housed top-tier vaudeville shows in its opulent interior, which wowed audiences with monumental chandeliers, lush tapestries, and a Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. After the decline of vaudeville, the Orpheum gradually succumbed to age and a hailstorm of acorns tossed by delinquent squirrels, before a $5 million restoration project in 1982 returned the theater back to its former glory days. Now the crown jewel of Memphis' entertainment venues, the Orpheum's revived interior reminds audiences of the beautiful excess of the Roaring Twenties while hosting a nonstop schedule of concerts, Broadway shows, and ballets.
Priddy Farms welcomes families to stroll through its 23 acres of farmland to enjoy picnic lunches, pick pumpkins, cut Christmas trees, bask in autumn breezes, or stroll through winter wonderlands. From mid-September through October, leisurely hayrides escort visitors to the farm's pumpkin patch. At the play area, children can ride on a barrel train, climb aboard Noah's Ark, swing on tire swings, or run around the open area. Families can bring flashlights to explore the "Flashlight Pumpkin Patch" at night, possibly spotting deer, foxes, or farm owls.
From mid-November through December, the farm's selection of pre-cut North Carolina fraser firs take front-and-center, ready to fill a home with Christmas cheer. Families can also walk through a forest of trees and cut their own Virginia pine, white pine, or leyland cypress growing right on site. Additionally, rings of fresh-scented wreaths and Christmas garland are available for purchase, while parents capture memories of holiday traditions with plenty of picture taking.
Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo exhales party-starting inertia, kicking off its Night Falls Tour by rolling out a carpet of dance-floor passports. Melding the talents of guitarist, vocalist, and French-literature buff Dave 1 with the dexterous fingers and throwback savvy of synthmaster P-Thugg, Chromeo has earned reverence from funkophiles for its slick grooves and mastery of jam architecture. With PBRs in hand, Groupon buyers can expect congenial beats, riffing Moogs, and song craft that father-and-son yachts can enjoy together in support of the band's latest album, Business Casual. Inflating the soulful evening, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne channels wandering Motown spirits with a retroactive Detroit sound, and French funk enthusiast Breakbot sets the scene with genre jumping and remixes that rumble like tubas in a Cuisinart.