National Civil Rights Museum

Museum, Landmark
450 Mulberry St (at E Butler Av)
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 521-9699
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm


  • This museum was built around the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on April 4th 1968. Construction of the museum began in 1987 and opened in 1991.
  • Traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the 17th century to present. Celebrate Black History by checking out these noteable African American contributions:
  • Dedicated on September 28, 1991, the Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement! Join the Revolution:
  • Visiting for Black History Month? Check out the temp exhibit, For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, which examines the visual aspect of Southern race struggles
  • Did you know? The Lorraine was one of the few hotels where African American travelers could stay during segregation. Famous guests included Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding & Wilson Pickett.
  • You need at least 3 hours to absorb all of the information. Leave yourself enough time!
  • Don't forget to see the boarding house across the street where James Earl Ray allegedly shot King.
  • Impressive! Get the head set. Well worth the 2 bucks!
  • This museum is celebrating its 20th year. Stop in to show some love! Check out the walking tour Thursday and Friday.
  • After the multi-million dollar renovation, this museum looks AMAZING! The museum takes you on a time line from the shipping of slaves to the U.S., up to and continuing past the civil rights movement.
  • A MUST visit tourist stop!!! Here you'll see the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered by James Earl Ray, among other significant aspects of American history.
  • Main museum is closed until spring 2013 for renovations, but still lots of history to see.
  • The exhibits include a great amount of information and history on Civil Rights, but the moving documentary on MLK Jr. you cannot miss! There will be an announcement when the film is about to start!
  • The Journey Of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks & Other Civil Rights Leaders Is Captured So Powerfully In The National Civil Rights Museum. You'll Be Inspired To Make A Change In Your Community.
  • absolute must see in Memphis. They have preserved the motel and the room where MLK was shot. Learnt so much about the civil rights movement. The exhibits are engaging and very informative.
  • Really well done. Highly recommend a visit to this museum. Take your time. Maybe takes 3 hours to totally see it all. But it's worth it.
  • One of the best museums that I've visited! Don't miss the opportunity to come here and learn about black american history.
  • One of the BEST I've ever been to. You can't come to Memphis and not come here. Allow yourself 4 hours to see it all.
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  • A must when n Memphis. Love it so much history.

Nearby places

450 Mulberry St (at E Butler Av)
147 E Butler Ave (at St Martin St)
Beale St (Between Main & 4th)