The Cotton Museum

Downtown Medical Center

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In a Nutshell

Museum showcases the cotton industry's past and future through interactive exhibits, documentary films, and oral histories

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Promotional value expires Mar 27, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 two (up to a $20 value)
  • $12 for admission for four (up to a $40 value)
  • $15 for $30 worth of memorabilia and local wares from the gift shop

Each admission includes full museum access and a self-guided audio tour of the surrounding neighborhood. Along with commemorative items such as a museum T-shirt ($15), the gift shop stocks goodies from local cooks, artists, and craftspeople, including a locally made mini cotton bale ($10.50).

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.

Customer Reviews

Great educational place to visit
Jennifer S. · July 2, 2013
I hadn't heard about the Cotton Museum prior to the Groupon. It's a very small local museum but interesting. It would particularly appeal to those who aren't well versed in Memphis history, cotton agriculture, and our Southern ways. The Cotton Museum is a great place to take kids on a rainy afternoon!
Rachel M. · May 2, 2013
Lived in Memphis 30 years. This is the best thing I've ever seen. The Cotton Exchange should be very proud of this. Very interactive, excellent photos, and history. U gotta go if u can
Linda K. · April 21, 2013
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    Downtown Medical Center

    65 Union Avenue

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    Memphis, TN 38103


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