365 Things to Do in Memphis #118: Tour the Cotton Museum

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 27th 2012 4894 0

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the trading floors of the Memphis Cotton Exchange could rivail anything on present-day Wall Street. Assignment #118 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to see the historic floor (and the museum that lives there now).

The Cotton Museum, Memphis, Tenn.

Apparently, the Memphis Cotton Exchange trading floor used to be a pretty wild place.  The floor was members only (and those members were a very manly crowd). When trading would wind down for the day, the members played a lot of dominoes, smoked cigars and have a fairly raucous time.

Now, the old exchange floor is home to the Cotton Museum of Memphis. Cotton trading has moved into office buildings around downtown and the exchange floor is much less rowdy.

Find out more about the Cotton Museum here.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and costs $10 for adults, $9.50 for seniors, $9 for students and $8 for kids ages 6 – 12.

Go there:

Cotton Museum of Memphis

65 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103



Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

Show Comments


  1. Sven says:

    A friend from out of town and I were going to tour the museum last week, but the posted admission  was $10 (not $6). We decided that was a bit steep and did not tour.

  2. Cotton Museum says:

    Hi! The correct admission prices are posted below. But we also have special rates for groups of 10 or more, plus half price and free days every few months — we'll keep you posted!
    Adults: $10                      
    Seniors:  $9.50
    Students: $9
    Children 6-12: $8                      
    Children under 6: Free
    Museum members: Free

Leave a Comment