National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

Museum and Monument / Landmark
Downtown Memphis, Memphis
  • James C.
    "... Great exhibits to the Civil Rights movement especially in the Memphis area. Loved the..."(7 Tips)
    Candace F.
    "last resident of the Lorraine Motel"(6 Tips)
    Holly B.
    "Told an amazing story of American history."(5 Tips)
    Karen J.
    "where Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered by James Earl Ray"(2 Tips)
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  • Charles
    CharlesAugust 17, 2014
    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.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StarksMay 27, 2015
    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.
  • Raquel
    RaquelNovember 10, 2015
    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.
  • Divya M.
    absolute must see in Memphis. They have preserved the motel and the room where MLK was shot. Learnt so much about the civil rights movement. The exhibits are engaging and very informative.
  • Alan H.
    Alan HedrickAugust 25, 2015
    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.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 11, 2012
    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!
  • Tamara B.
    Tamara BrownMarch 15, 2015
    Amazing museum. I felt like I was time traveling with the history and artifacts. It was great to learn this part of American history.
  • David S.
    David SquiresApril 17, 2014
    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.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MApril 15, 2015
    A great museum that will probably take 4 hours if you like to read and watch everything available. Very interactive and modern!
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 30, 2015
    One of the best museums that I've visited! Don't miss the opportunity to come here and learn about black american history.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WeinsteinApril 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Holly W.
    Holly WhitfieldApril 5, 2014
    Now reopened after renovations. TN residents with ID get in for free on most Mondays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Karen J.
    Karen JohnsonSeptember 29, 2014
    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.
  • Candace F.
    Candace F.November 18, 2013
    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.
  • James C.
    James CAugust 3
    Really cool museum. Great exhibits to the Civil Rights movement especially in the Memphis area. Loved the garbage men strike exhibit. Outstanding.
  • This Is My South
    This Is My SouthDecember 26, 2012
    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
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    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.
  • Mary P.
    Mary PinsonAugust 30, 2014
    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!
    HISTORYJuly 8, 2010
    This museum was built around the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on April 4th 1968. Construction of the museum began in 1987 and opened in 1991.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncAugust 25, 2011
    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
  • Farrah M.
    Farrah McCorveyApril 24, 2016
    By far the most informational museum I've been to. Everyone that comes to Memphis needs to come here!
  • Anna V.
    Anna VladauJune 9, 2015
    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!
    DIVINE MagazineAugust 21, 2011
    The Journey Of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks & Other Civil Rights Leaders Is Captured So Powerfully In The National Civil Rights Museum. You'll Be Inspired To Make A Change In Your Community.
  • Suzanne E J.
    Suzanne E JonesDecember 29, 2014
    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.
  • Memphis Travel
    Memphis TravelJanuary 30, 2012
    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
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyFebruary 13, 2016
    An essential visit while in Memphis. Expertly takes you through the whole movement, all inside a tragically significant location.
  • Feng Shui P.
    Very educational! U get to watch a short film sponsored by Ford which is interesting. We get indepth knowledge on slavery with lots of pics.
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 22, 2012
    The largest collections of Bible Characters of color was apart of a lawsuit, in 1980a bid at $1mill for her oil paintings on
  • Tim L.
    Tim LetscherMarch 29, 2015
    Fantastic experience and heartening that the facade survived to become a museum.
  • Kelz H.
    Kelz HornDecember 26, 2015
    Be prepared to do a lot of reading. Worth visiting if you like history.
  • YI Y.
    YI YangMarch 27, 2015
    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.
  • Tyler Y.
    Tyler YoungNovember 12, 2012
    Majority of the museum (all of it housed in the Lorraine Motel side) will be closed for renovations until January 2014
  • Sara .
    A fantastic museum. It's huge but worth going through in detail.
  • Liz C.
    Liz CroftDecember 24, 2015
    Stunning exhibits in an iconic location. A shameful history brilliantly depicted.
  • 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
  • Connie H.
    Connie HaroJune 26, 2016
    This museum was amazing! Do not miss this!
  • Laura G.
    Laura GoryckiDecember 2, 2012
    Main museum is closed until spring 2013 for renovations, but still lots of history to see.
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 22, 2012
    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
  • LaQueena S.
    LaQueena SadéNovember 2, 2014
    A must when n Memphis. Love it so much history. 💯💯💯
  • Holly B.
    Holly ButlerDecember 18, 2014
    Really cool, interactive museum. Told an amazing story of American history.
  • Steve "Gigs" .
    Steve "Gigs" 🐧February 8, 2013
    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!
  • Katharine S.
    Katharine SpencerJanuary 31, 2016
    Amazing museum, takes you on a walk through history.
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TessnearDecember 30, 2016
    Be sure you have plenty of time!! So much to learn!!
  • Gary D.
    Gary DavisMay 2, 2014
    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.
  • Liliana D.
    Liliana DomOctober 21, 2014
    This is an amazing place! Very recommended... leaves you speechless.
  • Neosoulville
    NeosoulvilleJanuary 16, 2012
    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
  • Olivia F.
    Olivia FosterAugust 16, 2014
    The best thing I on my road trip was to stop here! Make sure you have afew hours to spend
  • Leila D.
    Leila Da Rocha SantosSeptember 4, 2016
    Amazing place !! this place touch us deeply !!
  • Eric M.
    Eric McCutchanJuly 14, 2012
    Every family reunion in the State will be here each Saturday morning. Avoid those times.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CApril 23, 2011
    You need at least 3 hours to absorb all of the information. Leave yourself enough time!
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RoseApril 16, 2015
    The museum was breathtaking!
  • Letitia G.
    Letitia GeorgeJuly 22, 2011
    Impressive! Get the head set. Well worth the 2 bucks!
  • Nik D.
    Nik DawsonApril 4, 2016
    One of the really important museums to see in the US
  • Ed E.
    Ed EubanksJune 7, 2016
    This is a powerful and moving display, and challenging to take in.
  • JB F.
    JB FabyMay 3, 2011
    Really good museum, it's a piece of history, definitly go visit.
  • Kate M.
    Kate MMay 17, 2012
    Allow yourself about three hours for this museum and get lost in the history.
  • Steve "Gigs" .
    Steve "Gigs" 🐧February 8, 2013
    The Stanley Cup visit in April of 2004
  • heather w.
    heather wallaceDecember 13, 2015
    Love the improvements
  • The Grio
    The GrioFebruary 1, 2011
    This museum is celebrating its 20th year. Stop in to show some love! Check out the walking tour Thursday and Friday. Read more
  • Alexis D.
    Alexis DAugust 13, 2011
    Don't forget to see the boarding house across the street where James Earl Ray allegedly shot King.
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 22, 2012 madinah gharibs artwork..
  • Michael P.
    Michael PoppaAugust 30, 2012
    Don't miss The Witness (documentary)...they announce the starting times.
  • Cedric J.
    Cedric JacksonAugust 9, 2014
    A lot of interesting, informative information...
  • Heidi Q.
    Heidi QJune 2
    Very moving experience
  • Yaniv E.
    Yaniv EynyMay 14, 2015
    A lot of great and moving footage.
  • Donny V.
    Donny VaughterAugust 16, 2014
    History, History, and more History
  • Greg B.
    Greg BrownJuly 16, 2016
    Moving experience....allow 3-4 hours to enjoy
  • Robin R.
    Robin RichardsDecember 31, 2010
    If you have a AMEX Skymiles card you get 2 for 1 tickets!
  • Al L.
    Al LewisNovember 12, 2012
    Awesum!!....a must see
  • Sergio T.
    I have a dream...
  • Gayatri N.
    Gayatri NairMarch 27, 2014
    Why is everything made in China ?
  • BET
    BETJanuary 31, 2013
    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:
  • Brad F.
    Brad FSeptember 5, 2014
    Now this is a cool place
  • Alex K.
    Alex KerrAugust 9, 2014
    Visit both.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrandtOctober 8, 2011
    The women protesting across the street is right.
  • Jim H.
    Jim HaireMarch 26, 2012
    Trayvon Martin Rally
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    BrkgnyDecember 11, 2014
    Adam gibi müze bakımlı sistemli detaylı tatmin edici öneririm
  • Ana S.
    Ana SAugust 15, 2015
    No se puede dejar Memphis sin visitarlo
  • Hernan A.
    Hernan AlejandroJanuary 5, 2016
  • Lydia E.
    Lydia EspaAguiMay 29, 2014
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