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"Welcome to the Memphis Zoo - our home page that is. There are lots of worlds to explore at our Zoo, and we hope this site is a helpful tool for you to learn more about the place that more than 3,500 animals call home. While you're here you can plan your visit, watch videos, learn about our events and even buy your tickets before you arrive! Take a look around, and find out why there is always more to Zoo!"
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"Take an unforgettable journey through the most famous rock 'n' roll residence in the world: Graceland. Memphis, TN was the rock-and-roll legend's home for more than 20 years and at Graceland you can explore the personal side of Elvis Presley. Learn how his revolutionary style and unique sound changed the face of popular music and culture forever. Connect with fans from your home state or around the world, admire Elvis Presley fan photos - and add your own! Check the event calendar for upcoming Elvis events and festivities. You can even host a special occasion or corporate event at Graceland."
"When you visit the Cotton Museum, you're treading on the legendary floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange where cotton traders once stood at the center of the global cotton economy. Once, only the elite members of the Cotton Exchange were allowed to enter. Today, this historic space is open to the public and is devoted to sharing the story of cotton - the crop that created empires, transformed American culture and changed the history of a nation and the world."
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"Welcome to the Pink Palace Family of Museums, a wide-ranging collection of historic, educational, and technological attractions maintained by the City of Memphis, Tennessee and Memphis Museums, Inc. Some of the finest attractions and exhibits in the country are operated by the Museum Family, including the Pink Palace Museum, the CTI 3D Giant Theater, the Sharpe Planetarium, The Lichterman Nature Center and the historic Mallory Neely and Magevney Houses. The Pink Palace Museum, the Sharpe Planetarium and the CTI 3D Giant Theater are accredited members of the American Association of Museums. The Lichterman Nature Center was the first accredited nature center in the United States."
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"When it comes to civil rights, it's important not only to learn about historical milestones but also to interpret them in a way that can be applied to today's challenges. Through multi-sensory and multi-media innovations, historical artifacts and structures, events, speakers and online resources, the National Civil Rights Museum champions educational programming and offers visitors a full immersion experience."
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"Our 96-acre property includes 28 specialty gardens, which provide an in-depth look into various families of plants, flowers, and trees. My Big Backyard family garden offers a place for jumping, splashing, digging, creating, and discovering the joys of time spent outdoors. The renowned Seijaku-en, Japanese Garden of Tranquility, is a popular attraction, with its recognizable red drum bridge and unique cultural features. Our newly-opened Herb Garden is one of the largest in the nation, and offers unique opportunities for programming and visitor experience.
Memphis Botanic Garden serves over 40,000 school-aged children annually through organized education programs, offering them the opportunity to get outdoors and learn through hands-on activities and nature play. Students come from 192 area schools..."
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"In 1928, at a cost of $1.6 million, a new Orpheum was built on the original site of the Grand, but it was a different theater. The new Orpheum is twice as large as her predecessor and opulently decorated. Lavish tasseled brocade draperies, enormous crystal chandeliers, gilded moldings, and the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ are just a few of its new amenities...in 1977 the Memphis Development Foundation purchased the Orpheum and began bringing Broadway productions and concerts back to the theatre. Fifty-four years had taken a toll on the "South's Finest Theatre". The Orpheum was closed on Christmas in 1982 to begin a $5 million renovation to restore its 1928 opulence. A grand reopening celebration was held in January of 1984, and it signaled the rebirth of entertainment in downtown Memphis.
Throughout the next 20 years, the Orpheum has brought in large-scale Broadway shows, like Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Les Miserables, while continuing to offer performances from great entertainers..."
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"Beale Street was built on memories - good and bad.
Beale Street's heyday was in the roaring 20's, when it took on a carnival atmosphere. The booming nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, pawnshops and hot music thrived alongside gambling, drinking, prostitution, murder and voodoo.
In the early evenings, boxback suits and Stetson hats mingled with overalls. Young ladies sashayed down Beale Street and inside the bars, gamblers waited for an easy mark to stroll in."
What's happening on Beale Street?