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National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry St, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 USA

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“At the assassination site of Martin Luther King”

The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement  and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Dedicated on September 28, 1991, the Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide, through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs. It chronicles the civil rights movement from 1619 to 2000 with historical exhibits, including Room 306, the hotel room where Dr. King stayed in April of 1968.

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Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 493 Reviews
  • 395 Helpful
July 2, 2014

It has been expanded a TON since my last visit, but even when it was smaller it was one of the most powerful places I'd ever been. They've kept the exterior of the motel the same as it was the day MLK was assassinated, and just seeing that will give you chills. History comes alive here. If you're visiting Memphis with children you MUST visit this museum. One of the most incredible museums I've ever visited.

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Reviewed by
JenniMitchell

  • 21 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
August 28, 2015

This place is a must do for anyone in the Memphis area. Very powerful interactive exhibits that will keep you fighting back your tears. My children learned a lot.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mathmartin

  • 6 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
July 21, 2015

A powerful place to visit. We were told the the tour would take about 2 hours, but we could have spent at least twice that seeing all the exhibits. Seeing the motel room left as it was the day of the assassination leaves you speechless.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dagoondock

  • 7 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
August 13, 2014

Like walking through a time machine. This place should be a requirement for every child growing up in America. It was powerful and is undoubtedly a must stop if going through Memphis

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usaoverland.com

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
January 18, 2014

the location of where MLK was shot and now a powerful civil rights museum. i bring people here every time i come to Memphis, don't miss out on this real life american history lesson.

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Reviewed by
Kimberly Wren

  • 8 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
December 9, 2015

This place is AMAZING. Such historical value. Definitely a must-see for anyone who appreciates history.

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Reviewed by
roadtripbubba

  • 17 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 23, 2015

The content had such a profound impact on us-we were actually overwhelmed with information. The displays are almost too busy and too numerous for a single walkthrough.
The commercialization represented by the gift shops that you must exit through is tacky and reminded us of a Disney theme park-certainly the history of civil rights struggles merits a classier treatment!

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Reviewed by
CostumeQueen15

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 20, 2017

Powerful and moving, the exhibits are well done and informative. It was a little crowded when I was there and it moves from one room to the next rather than an open format. For example, after the first room is a movie and when it is over, the whole crowd moves into the next room, so there is no place for the crowd to dissipate. I was a kid when this was happening, so too young to remember it, but didn't learn about it in school either, very impactful!

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susieqw3

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June 23, 2016

This is a must see. It was emotional and profound.

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Reviewed by
iolefson

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April 4, 2016

Really detailed and extensive museum. Very cool exhibits. Definitely worth a stop. It's unassuming 1968 presence outside provides a surprise inside.

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National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry St
Memphis, Tennessee
38103 USA

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Closed Now
  • Mon, Wed - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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