The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, Memphis

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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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  • Two blocks from the Peabody Hotel on Union Street, this little gem is amazingly interesting if 1) you're a museum person, 2) you have an interest in Memphis or U.S. history. $10 to get in, but discoun...  more »
  • Cotton products are such a major part of our daily lives. The cotton gin was the thing that grew slavery. Cotton and those involved with the product are a big part of America's history The museum had ...  more »
  • We found this little gem of a museum! It is a must see so you can understand some great history of Memphis. This is the actual building where cotton was bought and sold. Museum takes about 30/45 minut...  more »
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  • This is a really interesting museum. I didn’t know cotton was such a valuable commodity not so long ago. They really traded it daily like they do stocks today. The price boards are still there and you get a very nostalgic feel when visiting.
  • Very interesting & educational place. The first major cotton trading & selling place opened for Memphis, TN in 1874. The location changed in 1885 & 1910. In 1922, the location changed again when the Memphis Cotton Exchange building opened. This is where The Cotton Museum is: south-east corner of Union Ave. & S Front St.
  • Love to get experience there. Learned a lot w those recording.
  • Great review of the equipment and early development of cotton production in the US.
  • Definitely worth the visit if you're in town.
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