Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Trip To The Museum



This is a picture my husband took of the Pink Palace Mansion in Memphis, TN.  This is the home of the Pink Palace Museum and IMAX Theater, among other things.  We absolutely love to visit this museum and always come away with a new tidbit of information that we missed the last trip!

Taken from their website: 

Piggly Wiggly founder Clarence Saunders began building his 36,500 square foot dream house in 1922. He wanted a home "Memphis would be proud of, a real Southern showplace," and he wanted all materials, contractors and even the architect to be Southern. Memphis architect Hubert T. McGee designed a home built of pink Georgian marble, featuring a pipe organ, ballroom, indoor swimming pool, shooting gallery and bowling alley.

Sadly, Saunders never got to sleep in his dream home. He lost a battle with the New York Stock Exchange in 1923 and went bankrupt, losing his fortune and his unfinished mansion, which was then donated to the city of Memphis.

Can you imagine?!?!  It is such a beautiful place right in the middle of the city, yet it looks like a countryside estate. 


Here are a couple of additional pictures from this trip.

This is my 10 yr old taking a turn at the log.  Each door in the log contains a surprise.  He was the last to have a turn and kept saying he just knew he would get something gross.  He did....a beaver's tail!

This is me with the 2 yr old, 13 yr old, 16 yr old, 10 yr old, and 6 yr old.  We are standing just around the corner from the massive entry way/foyer of the mansion. 

After polling our family, the top 3 exhibits were:  The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis, The Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, and  The Medical Careers over the years area-The pharmacy, war medics, nursing, surgery of all types.  Thank GOD for medical advancement!!



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