The Museum is open on Columbus Day,
October 12. However, there is no Free Period for Tennessee residents on the holiday.
Hours and admission
|Monday||9 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Thursday||9 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Friday||9 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Saturday||9 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Sunday||1 p.m.–5 p.m.|
|Seniors & Students w/ID||$14.00|
|Children 4–17 years||$12.00|
|3 and under||Free|
All guests entering the National Civil Rights Museum are subject to a screening process. The National Civil Rights Museum reserves the right to inspect all guest’s packages, purses, backpacks, fanny packs and other bags prior to entering the museum. Sharp objects more than 2.5 inches long, weapons and illegal contraband will not be permitted in the museum. Please leave and secure any unnecessary articles in your vehicle to expedite your entry. Oversize bags brought into the museum must be checked with security. Animals are not allowed in the museum, except for service animals.
Freedom Award Ceremony & Gala
The Freedom Award, the museum’s highest honor, has served as a symbol of the ongoing fight for human rights both in America and worldwide.
Drawing 4,000 youth and educators annually, is an opportunity for students to interact with Freedom Award honorees and celebrate peers for their community service.
Free Trips for Shelby County Title 1 Schools
Thanks to a grant from Target, the museum is offering free museum admission and transportation for Shelby County School (SCS) District Title 1 schools groups for up to 45 students and five chaperones.
The Museum presents dynamic and engaging programs that educate, inspire, and motivate!
A Heritage Preserved: African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection is an exhibition of master artworks that capture traditions, achievements, and beliefs that are a part of the African American experience. A Heritage Preserved highlights the importance of collecting and exhibiting artworks to continue legacies. Exhibit showing through November 20, 2015. Learn more
“There lived … a people who had the moral courage to stand up for their rights and thereby they injected a new meaning into the veins of history and of civilization.”
Members are vital to the museum’s long-term viability and mission. Museum members receive the following yearly benefits:
- unlimited admission for one year
- 10% discount on museum shop purchases in store and online
- member-exclusive exhibit preview invitations
- free admission to special after-hours educational programs
- e-newsletter listing
- Admission for one adult only + 2 single-use guest passes
- Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children + 4 single-use guest passes
- Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children + 6 single-use guest passes
- Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children + 8 single-use guest passes
Charter patron and corporate memberships are also available.
There’s plenty of history in the making here at the National Civil Rights Museum.
This year, the Freedom Award tradition continues, recognizing three who have contributed to changing the legal landscape as well as raising awareness of the inequalities that existed in the past, and in some instances continue to persist today.
The story of Emmett Till is no secret to the Civil Rights Movement… But do we really know what occurred in the one-month period in which Emmett Till came to Mississippi and the trial and aftermath of his killers. Why is it relevant today?
Ten years later, we know it wasn’t the natural disaster that was to blame for the tragedy in New Orleans but the man-made disaster that began with poorly constructed levees and ended with politicians pointing their fingers out the window instead of in the mirror… Let us never forget New Orleans.