Cotton Museum


65 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

Phone: 901-531-7826

Map / Directions Map / Directions

Hours:
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun Noon-5pm

Type:
Attractions, Family Friendly, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums


10BEST Says

Local History, Historic Sites: Memphis is still the largest spot cotton market in the world - although you will no longer find trucks filled with the just-harvested fluffy white bolls in downtown Memphis any longer. (Remember Tom Cruise jumping onto just such a truck in the movie 'The Firm?') The Cotton Exchange Building was home base for cotton trading, the surrounding buildings and alleys dedicated to cotton warehousing and transportation. The museum, housed on the first floor of the Exchange, recounts the fascinating history of cotton in Memphis, with excellent exhibits showing how trading was conducted, how cotton is graded, and films detailing the crop's history throughout the South.


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Local Expert Says:

Local History, Historic Sites: "The museum's gift shop not only carries cotton-themed products, you'll also find locally produced foods and crafts for sale -- a must-hit."

Best for Local History Because: The Cotton Museum doesn't hesitate to examine the realities of this crop, which was harvested by slaves and sold by the powerful.

10Best List photo 10BEST says

Local History, Historic Sites: Memphis is still the largest spot cotton market in the world - although you will no longer find trucks filled with the just-harvested fluffy white bolls in downtown Memphis any longer. (Remember Tom Cruise jumping onto just such a truck in the movie 'The Firm?') The Cotton Exchange Building was home base for cotton trading, the surrounding buildings and alleys dedicated to cotton warehousing and transportation. The museum, housed on the first floor of the Exchange, recounts the fascinating history of cotton in Memphis, with excellent exhibits showing how trading was conducted, how cotton is graded, and films detailing the crop's history throughout the South.

10Best List photo Insider Tips

Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Local History, Historic Sites: "The museum's gift shop not only carries cotton-themed products, you'll also find locally produced foods and crafts for sale -- a must-hit."

Best for Local History Because: The Cotton Museum doesn't hesitate to examine the realities of this crop, which was harvested by slaves and sold by the powerful.

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