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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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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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

Created Equal Film Series

Created Equal uses the power of documentary films to spark public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. Learn more.

 Upcoming Events

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

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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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National Civil Rights Museum News

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

Selma, on the long continuum of the freedom struggle

Today, fifty years after Selma, we find the voting rights of African Americans still under threat. Not the voting rights of all African Americans, as once was the case, but of just enough to make a difference in local, state, and federal elections.

A Better Mid-South

You will learn so much, and seeing the work done to the museum will make you proud to be a Memphian and a Mid-Southerner. The National Civil Rights Museum makes this A Better Mid-South.

NYT Travel Video: 36 Hours In Memphis

The National Civil Rights Museum was recently featured in New York Times’ online travel video, “36 in Memphis” featuring interesting things to do in Memphis. It calls the museum experience, “Creative, modern and immersive, this tour is arresting and rewarding.”


“Ask An NEH Expert!” – An NEH Google+ Hangout for National History Day on Exhibits, Mon., Jan. 26, 6:00-7:00pm. Join Barbara Andrews, Director of Education and Interpretation, during a Google+ Hangout live video conference where students can directly..

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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


  • Admission for one adult only
  • 2 single-use guest passes
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Family Dual

  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children
  • 4 single-use guest passes
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Charter patron and corporate memberships are also available.

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Into the Light

Special exhibit

Every five years the museum mounts an exhibition of the collection to showcase items received into the collection that have not appeared in displays to-date.  The Into the Light exhibition is the third installation of its kind in the history of the Museum.  This installation’s areas of focus are Protest, Symbols of Segregation and International Human Rights. Showing through January 19.

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