THIS IS THE STORY OF A PEOPLE.

Of hopes and dreams, of challenge and change. It is an American story. This story and struggle that started many centuries ago, continues today—with you.
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THIS IS THE HISTORY BEHIND THE MOVEMENT.

Slavery. Separate but equal. Boycotts. Assassinations. Black power. This is the history of the uprising that pushed national and international civil rights forward.
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MUSEUM EVENTS. THE REAWAKENING.

Exciting events, extraordinary speakers and special guests turn civil rights history into a one-of-a-kind museum experience.
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How to get here

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National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry Street Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 521-9699

Hours and admission

Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
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.


Adult $15.00
Seniors & Students w/ID $14.00
Children 4–17 years $12.00
3 and under Free
Members Free

Accessibility

With at least two weeks’ notice, the museum offers complimentary tour guide and sign language interpretation for hearing-impaired guests in groups of no more than ten people.  With 48-hours’ notice, the museum offers complimentary tour guide interpretation for visually-impaired guests.  Contact a group sales representative to make arrangements for a guided tour:

For hearing-impaired guests, assisted listening devices for the museum’s two main theater experiences and transcripts for audio elements within the exhibitions are available upon request at the admissions desk.  All films have open captions at the bottom of the screen.

SECURITY SCREENINGS

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.  

Feb. 5, Frederick Douglass: The Making of an American Prophet

This dramatization set to music details Frederick Douglass’ early years as a slave and the relationship to his later vision.

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Feb. 18, Book Talk: From the Bullet to the Ballot

In this book, Dr. Jakobi Williams takes us back to the Black Power Movement started by the Black Panthers.

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Upcoming Events

The Museum presents dynamic and engaging programs that educate, inspire, and motivate!

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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

combines these two video archives into one interactive exhibit available within a walk-up kiosk.  The exhibit starts January 31, 2016 and runs for multiple years.

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Special exhibit

Cultural Heroes features seven icons in a series of artists who were key role players for civil rights, putting their careers on the line. The colossal portrait heads portray the role models Marian Anderson, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Lead Belly, Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie, and Josh White. Exhibit showing through February 25, 2016.

 

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“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.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Museum members receive complimentary visits, invitations to special events, gift shop discounts and other benefits.

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Continue your museum experience with inspirational and unique gifts.

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Become a Charter Member

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

Individual

$50/year
  • Admission for one adult only + 2 single-use guest passes
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Family Dual

$75/year
  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children + 4 single-use guest passes
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Sustainer

$250/year
  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children + 8 single-use guest passes
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Charter patron and corporate memberships are also available.

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National Civil Rights Museum News

There’s plenty of history in the making here at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Resolve to See the Promise

What if we (our collective society) told every parent that we had their back by ensuring that they had the tools to provide for their child within a safe and caring environment?

An Assault in South Carolina

In this country, teachers have a legal responsibility to report any suspicion of child abuse. Why doesn’t that apply to those responsible for the protection of our students in schools?

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Although his actual birthday is unknown, abolitionist Fredrick Douglass celebrated his birthday on this day. t.co/UNFpdT3C9b

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Jakobi Williams will reveal 1st time secret Chicago police files on surveillance of BPP leader Fred Hampton. #Feb18 t.co/c4aLdDsnGe

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