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).
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.
65 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103