National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

Museum and Monument / Landmark · Downtown Memphis
450 Mulberry St (at E Butler Av), Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM Wednesday (Show more)
  • Mon, Wed–Sat
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., chronicles key episodes in the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally


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    Tamara B.
    "It was great to learn this part of American history."(5 Tips)
    Anna V.
    "It's a great deep dive into the Civil Rights movement."(5 Tips)
    Steve G.
    "In April of 2004 I was honored to bring the Stanley Cup."(4 Tips)
    Karen J.
    "where Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered by James Earl Ray"(2 Tips)
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  • Raquel

    A must see in Memphis! Make sure to do the audio tour. There is so much to read and the subject matter is intense so the audio tour helps balance things out so that you don't miss anything.

    Raquel · 2 weeks ago
  • Alan H.

    Really well done. Highly recommend a visit to this museum. Take your time. Maybe takes 3 hours to totally see it all. But it's worth it.

    Alan Hedrick · August 25
  • Paula F.

    One of the best museums that I've visited! Don't miss the opportunity to come here and learn about black american history.

    Paula Freire · July 30
  • Anna V.

    It's a great deep dive into the Civil Rights movement. Further, you can see Martin Luther Kings' room. You feel like being back in time. Great!

    Anna Vladau · June 9
  • Rachel S.

    After the multi-million dollar renovation, this museum looks AMAZING! The museum takes you on a time line from the shipping of slaves to the U.S., up to and continuing past the civil rights movement.

    Rachel Starks · May 27
  • Yaniv E.

    A lot of great and moving footage.

    Yaniv Eyny · May 14
  • Kelly R.

    The museum was breathtaking!

    Kelly Rose · April 16
  • Drew M.

    A great museum that will probably take 4 hours if you like to read and watch everything available. Very interactive and modern!

    Drew M · April 15
  • Tim L.

    Fantastic experience and heartening that the facade survived to become a museum.

    Tim Letscher · March 29
  • YI Y.

    Of hopes and dreams, of challenge and change. It is an American story. The museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

    YI Yang · March 27
  • Tamara B.

    Amazing museum. I felt like I was time traveling with the history and artifacts. It was great to learn this part of American history.

    Tamara Brown · March 15
  • Suzanne E J.

    One of the BEST I've ever been to. You can't come to Memphis and not come here. Allow yourself 4 hours to see it all.

    Suzanne E Jones · December 29, 2014
  • Holly B.

    Really cool, interactive museum. Told an amazing story of American history.

    Holly Butler · December 18, 2014
  • LaQueena S.

    A must when n Memphis. Love it so much history. 💯💯💯

    LaQueena Sadé · November 2, 2014
  • Liliana D.

    This is an amazing place! Very recommended... leaves you speechless.

    Liliana Dom · October 21, 2014
  • Karen J.

    A MUST visit tourist stop!!! Here you'll see the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered by James Earl Ray, among other significant aspects of American history.

    Karen Johnson · September 29, 2014
  • Brad F.

    Now this is a cool place

    Brad F · September 5, 2014
  • Mary P.

    give yourself a lot of time for this one. so much to see and so much information to go along with each artifact/exhibit. all interesting!

    Mary Pinson · August 30, 2014
  • Charles

    Not to be missed when visiting Memphis. Prepare to spend a few hours in the museum and the former boarding house across the street. A fascinating, and somber, tour through African American history.

    Charles · August 17, 2014
  • Donny V.

    History, History, and more History

    Donny Vaughter · August 16, 2014
  • Olivia F.

    The best thing I on my road trip was to stop here! Make sure you have afew hours to spend

    Olivia Foster · August 16, 2014
  • Cedric J.

    A lot of interesting, informative information...

    Cedric Jackson · August 9, 2014
  • Alex K.

    Visit both.

    Alex Kerr · August 9, 2014
  • Gary D.

    Being here was so surreal for me!! It's like a piece of history stood still for us to see...however not in the best of times.

    Gary Davis · May 2, 2014
  • David S.

    I like what they've done with the place. The museum is open every day except Tuesday, but they have nice interactive videos on the plaza outside that can be seen night or day.

    David Squires · April 17, 2014
  • Holly W.

    Now reopened after renovations. TN residents with ID get in for free on most Mondays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    Holly Whitfield · April 5, 2014
  • Sam

    During the summer, the museum stays open until 6 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. Also, you can get in for free on most Mondays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. with a Tennessee state I.D.

    Sam · April 3, 2014
  • Gayatri N.

    Why is everything made in China ?

    Gayatri Nair · March 27, 2014
  • Candace F.

    Learn amazing facts about civil rights history in America. Interestingly enough, the last resident of the Lorraine Motel is there daily. Take a tissue, though, it's an emotional rollercoaster.

    Candace F. · November 18, 2013
  • Steve G.

    The Stanley Cup visit in April of 2004

    Steve Giglio · February 8, 2013
  • Steve G.

    In April of 2004 I was honored to bring the Stanley Cup. Hockey is for everybody and this was for you Mr. Willie O'Ree!

    Steve Giglio · February 8, 2013
  • BET

    Traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the 17th century to present. Celebrate Black History by checking out these noteable African American contributions:

    BET · January 31, 2013
  • This Is My South

    If you are interested in the Civil Rights movement, the Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, is a must-see. For other important landmarks, click below. Read more

    This Is My South · December 26, 2012
  • Laura G.

    Main museum is closed until spring 2013 for renovations, but still lots of history to see.

    Laura Gorycki · December 2, 2012
  • Al L.

    Awesum!!....a must see

    Al Lewis · November 12, 2012
  • Tyler Y.

    Majority of the museum (all of it housed in the Lorraine Motel side) will be closed for renovations until January 2014

    Tyler Young · November 12, 2012
  • Michael P.

    Don't miss The Witness (documentary)...they announce the starting times.

    Michael Poppa · August 30, 2012
  • Eric M.

    Every family reunion in the State will be here each Saturday morning. Avoid those times.

    Eric McCutchan · July 14, 2012
  • Social N.

    The exhibits include a great amount of information and history on Civil Rights, but the moving documentary on MLK Jr. you cannot miss! There will be an announcement when the film is about to start!

    Social News Network · June 11, 2012
  • Rashida A. madinah gharibs artwork..

    Rashida Amahtullah · May 22, 2012
  • Rashida A.

    The largest collections of Bible Characters of color was apart of a lawsuit, in 1980a bid at $1mill for her oil paintings on

    Rashida Amahtullah · May 22, 2012
  • Rashida A.

    biblical+arab and Native American art..Valued at 20,000.00 back in 1985. with the church of god and christ. It is documented in court in Hartford Court

    Rashida Amahtullah · May 22, 2012
  • Kate M.

    Allow yourself about three hours for this museum and get lost in the history.

    Kate M · May 17, 2012
  • Lisa W.

    Get the deal for this museum and the Staxx Soul museum. You save some money and get to check out two amazing historical spots in Memphis.

    Lisa W · May 13, 2012
  • Jim H.

    Trayvon Martin Rally

    Jim Haire · March 26, 2012
  • Soundtrack F.

    Dedicated on September 28, 1991, the Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement! Join the Revolution: Read more

    Soundtrack For a Revolution · February 8, 2012
  • Memphis Travel

    Visiting for Black History Month? Check out the temp exhibit, For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, which examines the visual aspect of Southern race struggles

    Memphis Travel · January 30, 2012
  • Neosoulville

    The Word (open mic poetry w/ live soul band) starts at 8:30p, doors open at 7:30 this and EVERY Monday night! $5 admission all night

    Neosoulville · January 16, 2012
  • Chris B.

    The women protesting across the street is right.

    Chris Brandt · October 8, 2011
  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? The Lorraine was one of the few hotels where African American travelers could stay during segregation. Famous guests included Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding & Wilson Pickett. Read more

    K12 Inc · August 25, 2011

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