National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Photo by Brand USAMarch on Washington exhibit at National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Memphis CVBRosa Parks and the bus boycotts exhibit at National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Memphis CVBInteractive touch screens at the National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Memphis CVBExperience sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement in America at the National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Memphis CVBBrown v Board of Education exhibit at National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Brand USANew touchscreen displays at the National Civil Rights Museum in Downtown Memphis. Photo by Brand USADr. Martin Luther King Jr's room at the National Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Brand USA

National Civil Rights Museum

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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.

Amenities
  • Area
    • Downtown
  • Facility Amenities
    • Bus/Motorcoach Parking
    • Free Admission
    • Handicapped Accessible
  • General Information
    • Hours of Operation: Monday & Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Closed Tuesdays.
  • Group Information
    • Group Deposit Policy
    • Group Rates Available
    • Minimum Group Size: 20
  • Largest Meeting Room Details
    • Meeting Capacity: 350
    • Square Footage of Meeting Space: various
  • Meeting Facility Details
    • Banquet Capacity: 300
    • Bus/Motorcoach Parking
    • Free Parking
    • Handicapped Accessible
    • Meeting Capacity
    • Meeting Rooms
  • Time To Experience
    • 2 - 3 hours
    • Full day
    • Half day
450 Mulberry St.
Memphis, TN 38103