Children's Museum of Memphis


Give the kids a chance to let loose and play in, on and with exhibits such as an airplane cockpit or an earthquake 'shake' table at this museum targeted at children aged two to 10. The splash park and dinosaur dig are open June through August. Prices rise in summer.

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