National Civil Rights Museum

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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Noted as one of the nation’s premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.

Established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change.

To accommodate public demand for further educational opportunities, the museum underwent a $27.5 million renovation in 2013 and 2014, adding more than 40 new films, oral histories and interactive media to the already robust galleries. The result is a one-of-a-kind experience that has been featured on the History Channel and CNN, in USA Today and as the focus for the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306.

Additionally, the museum is among the top 5% of institutions to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a founding member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, which brings together historic sites, museums and memory initiatives from all around the globe that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and social justice.

Tennessee residents with state-issued ID may visit the museum for free on Mondays from 3 p.m. until closing. (Not applicable for tour groups and operators. Not available on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, April 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day or Veterans’ Day.)

Groups of 20 or more are eligible for admission rate discounts if scheduling at least two weeks in advance.

Active military members with ID may visit the museum for free.

Discounts are available for American Alliance of Museum Members.

Rates and hours are subject to change. Call (901) 521-9699

HOURS
Monday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed EVERY Tuesday

ADMISSION
Adult$16.00
Seniors & Students w/ID$14.00
Children 5–17 years$13.00
4 and under Free
Members, Active U.S. Military

Free

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