At the historic Cotton Museum in downtown Memphis we’re re-discovering the American South and telling the dynamic story of the plant that built the Bluff City. Learn all about how the fabric of our lives influenced the cultural fabric of the Mid-South.
The museum was founded in 2006 to preserve the history of this worldwide market place and to tell the epic story of the famed cash crop and its profound influence on the city of Memphis and, in fact, America’s history and culture at large. Since opening its doors, the Cotton Museum has attracted nearly 100,000 visitors – mostly tourists – from across the country and around the world. Our mission is to share the story of the cotton and the influences of the people that were gathered here around the industry not only with a growing international audience, but with Memphis area residents- especially our city’s youth.
We believe that by sharing this important history with area students, we can strengthen the very fiber of our community. Before students fully understand the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis music heritage, or the founding of their own city, they must first understand the sometimes profitable, often tragic complexity of the cotton industry. By teaching parents and children about the shared history that makes Memphis a unique and vital place, we give Memphians a sense of place in time and history and help connect many to their own agrarian roots.
Your admission, gift shop sales, venue rentals and fundraising events, all help us to keep our exhibits vibrant and achieve our goal of imparting a sense of Memphis’ historic significance in every visitor to the museum. Visit us today and contribute to the greatness of enlivened city.