The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, Memphis

(3.6/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
The Cotton Museum, located in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S., is an historical and cultural museum that opened in March 2006 on the former trading floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange at 65 Union Avenue in downtown Memphis.The mission of the Cotton Museum is to share the story of the cotton industry and its many influences on the daily life, arts, and the development of the mid-South region. The museum highlights artifacts through interpretive exhibits, educational programs, and research archives that help tell the story of cotton and cotton trading, from crop to becoming fabric.The Cotton Museum preserves the history of the cotton business and its impact on economics, history, society and culture, and science and technology. The museum's exhibits are appropriate for field trips for middle schoolers and older, and provide visitors context for other attractions in the city.
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TripAdvisor
  • 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. 
  • 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 Cotto...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • Interesting and with a lot of video material. Not very systematic in presentation. Lot of stuff is also repeated again and again. But the best source about the cotton industry we could find.
  • While very small it was very interesting, they had a fully interactive side and an education side with displays. I like that they didn't shy away from the darker side of the history of cotton.
  • This museum is VERY interesting! The Memphis Cotton Exchange bldg is a gorgeous Art Deco design from the 1920's. The lobby looks fabulous. The Museum is mostly housed on the floor of the old cotton exchange, and covers the history of cotton and it's influences on American culture and how the industry's changes affected American music, migration and many other things... a must see!
  • One small kid's room and another room (the former trading floor) for the grown ups. Not worth $10.
  • What a beautiful little Museum. The only other review here is very negative, but for what it's worth, I had a great time. Though, I am kind of a history nerd. The interactive displays were great, and the oral histories and videos were fascinating. I also really enjoyed the kids side of the museum. The ladies working at the time I went were charming and knowledgeable. They even helped me find the perfect lunch spot.