National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
450 Mulberry St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Fax: 901-527-1229

Interpretive exhibits and audio/visual displays bring to life the most significant moments of civil and human rights struggles and victories. Displayed to educate and inspire adults and children.

The museum now boasts more modernized displays – think "smart" tables with touch panels that reveal multiple levels of information, audio-visual programs instead of text panels and ample audio snippets. Chill bump inducing iconic exhibits and fixtures like the Montgomery bus, the sit-in counter, and freedom rides bus remain, but have been enhanced with touch-screens that offer a richer educational experience than ever before. Read more about the updates to the museum here. 

EXPERIENCE: Housed in the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Exploring the Legacy adds 12,800 square feet of exhibition space and connects the main campus of the Museum to the Young and Morrow building and the Main Street Rooming House where James Earl Ray allegedly fired the fatal shot resulting in the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both buildings were donated to the Museum by the Hyde Family Foundation.

Exploring the Legacy answers three critical questions: What happened after Dr. King's death? Did the Movement die in Memphis? What is the legacy of the Movement nationally and internationally?

The National Civil Rights Museum houses permanent and temporary exhibits. It also hosts the annual Freedom Awards where it has honored the Dalai Lama, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Julius Erving, Al Gore, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, Bono, Bill Clinton and a host of others.

HISTORY: The Lorraine Motel remained open following Dr. King's death until it was foreclosed in 1982. At that time the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation purchased the property and opened the doors of the museum in 1991.

INSIDERS TIP: The expansion also includes an overview of some of the world's most crucial human rights movements and the achievements gained through the efforts and sacrifices of courageous individuals who stood by their convictions. Make sure to remember to check out the gift shop. 

OTHER INFO: Guests should allow approximately 2 hours for a quality experience. 




Gift Shop, Motorcoach Parking, Reservations Accepted, Tours, Wheelchair Accessible


Admission/Rates: $15 Adults. Discounts for seniors, students & kids
Comp Policy
Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; Closed Tuesdays. Open until 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day
Professional Affiliations: AAM, ICSC


Group Deposit Policy, Group Rates Available
Minimum Group Size: 20


Meeting Space Capacity: 350
  • The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is housed in the former Lorraine Motel. Photo by Morgan Abudu Mukarram
  • Experience sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement in America at the National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Memphis CVB
  • Interactive touch screens at the National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Memphis CVB
  • Rosa Parks and the bus boycotts exhibit at National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Memphis CVB
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Room 306, where he spent his final moments at the Lorraine Motel. Photo by Memphis CVB
  • March on Washington exhibit at National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Memphis CVB
  • The Memphis trolley will take you past the National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Dan Ball.
  • National Civil Rights Museum at Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Photo by Dan Ball.
  • National Civil Rights Museum art. Photo by Candy Brewer - Capture Memphis
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