National Civil Rights Museum

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

First open in 1991 with a focus on education of the history of the American civil rights movement, the updated museum design now includes large-format exhibits, more film and interactive media. 

Check out exhibits like: 

- The "Slavery and a Culture of Resistance" exhibit located in a large round room and illuminated with maps and information about the Atlantic slave trade. Visitors can crouch into the a hull of a slave ship and try to image what humans endured as part of the slave trade in the late 1700s. 

- Hear first-person accounts about life under Jim Crow laws. See how "separate but equal" led to economic and social conditions that that tended to be inferior to white Americans. Take in the history of how blacks banded together and slowly chipped away at segregation, one major ruling at a time.

- Step aboard a vintage bus and hear the altercation between a public transit system worker in Montgomery and Rosa Parks.

- The 1963 March on Washington exhibit immerses the user into a life-like setting while an audio excerpt plays from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

- Listening posts highlight personal stories of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike and events surrounding King's death. 

- A bold new "Join the Movement" area encourages visitors to take lessons from the 20th century movement and apply them to today's challenges.

Click here to read more about the new exhibits and renovations at National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

The National Civil Rights Museum and Lorraine Hotel is a place in history and symbolism, not just for black Americans but for all who cherished King's ideals and vision. The museum may be built with bricks and mortar, but the message the National Civil Rights Museum delivers is enough to change the world, one visitor at a time. 

Admission to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students with ID and $12 for children ages 4-17. Plan for at least two hours to take the self-guided tour. The museum is closed every Tuesday.

CITY AREA

Downtown

FACILITY AMENITIES

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

GENERAL INFORMATION

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 AMENITIES

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

MEETING FACILITY DETAILS

Meeting Space Capacity: 350
  • National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Photo by Brand USA
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's room at the National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Brand USA
  • New touchscreen displays at the National Civil Rights Museum in Downtown Memphis. Photo by Brand USA
  • Brown v Board of Education exhibit at National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Brand USA
  • 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
  • March on Washington exhibit at National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Memphis CVB
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Directions: The National Civil Rights Museum is located at 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103. We are in the heart of the South Main District in downtown Memphis. Free parking is available for museum guests. To enter the visitor lot, turn north on Mulberry Street from G.E. Patterson Avenue.