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The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange

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Address: 65 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
Phone Number:
901.531.7826
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Memphis Cotton Museum Admission and Audio Walking Tour
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This small museum is nicely done and provides a very good history of the cotton industry. It's a nice way to learn more about this important aspect of U.S. history.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 November 2016
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This small museum is nicely done and provides a very good history of the cotton industry. It's a nice way to learn more about this important aspect of U.S. history.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by this museum. This is located in the Memphis Cotton Exchange in downtown Memphis. This museum will tell you just about everything you want to know about Cotton. What it is, how to grow it, how to pick it, make fibers, make cloth, etc. Then there is a lot of information about the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This is a large room (about 40 x 80') where cotton traders operated years ago. There are several cases with historic exhibits about cotton and slavery. There are no guides. There is also a small room behind the gift shop where there are exhibits about modern cotton production, basically a promo for gmo seed and highly mechanized agricultural equipment.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Enjoyed the exhibit. It told the story of the cotton trade from beginning to finish. It is very well done and informative.

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Pasadena, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Cute little museum. Very interesting information and history of cotton. Nice samples, displays and photos. A bit small - if you came here as a destination, you might be disappointed. But go - see it - and plan to go somewhere else before or after so you make good use of your time...

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This small but very interesting museum occupied the three of us for two hours, giving insight into such diverse aspects of southern life as the African origins of the Blues, the impact of the invention of the cotton gin on slavery, the life of the sharecropper, the growing and processing of cotton, and the worldwide trade in cotton. Of particular... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Based on the literature we saw and the price charged for admittance we found this museum disappointing and felt it was over-rated. We did, however, come away with a basic knowledge of the cotton exchange and industry in Memphis. Unfortunately, the information seemed to be presented in a rather dull manner and did not hold our attention. In addition, we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Our hotel host suggested we tour this small museum, centrally located downtown near our hotel. We were surprised to find such an excellent collection which not only catalogued the history of the cotton industry, but its role in the cultural fabric of Memphis and the South. The self-guided tour offered videos, audio clips and displays which were very beautifully done.... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Great location, really nice staff at this remodeled apartment and hotel combination. Location made it close to everything. Not luxurious but absolutely clean, comfortable and spacious. Got a welcome text and had a great way to communicate with staff for all needs.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

it's a beautiful building and lobby. the folks that worked there were very nice. I stayed in an air bob but it seemed more like a hotel. that being said, the room was bare minimal. the location was very close to all the attractions. walkable distance. Overall a good experience.

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