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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Extended Hours May 27 – Sept. 5,
Open until 6:00pm

Celebrate a Night at the Lorraine – June 4, 7pm

How to get here


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 9 a.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

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.  

 June 4, Night at the Lorraine

Step back in time with an evening of food, music and fun reminiscent of the Lorraine Motel in its heyday.

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June 9, Book Talk: Down to the Crossroads

The story of the 1966 March Against Fear and the iconic call for Black Power.

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August 13, Drop the Mic Poetry Slam

The theme is “And Justice for All!” Spoken word gives you the platform to shine light on what is right and what is wrong. ENTRY DEADLINE: JULY 18.

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Upcoming Events

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


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New exhibit

Dave Brubeck: Jazz Ambassador exhibit highlights the composer/musician’s extensive career and his role as an prolific composer, innovative musician and international ambassador. Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) is widely acknowledged as one of America’s most significant post-Swing Era jazz musicians. A socially engaged artist, Brubeck consistently fought for racial integration and equality both at home and abroad during times when it was not the popular thing to do. Exhibit showing until May 29, 2016.

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Memphis In May Exhibit

The exhibit Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad, travels back to the 1800s to learn about slavery, the escape route called the Underground Railroad, and the challenges freedom seekers faced if they finally reached the “Promised Land” of Canada. Exhibit showing May 1 – 30, 2016.

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Special exhibit

Inspiring Greatness through Words and Deeds is a special showcase of work by artist Baret Boisson in an exhibit featuring portraits of heroes like Matin Luther King, Jr., Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Fats Waller, and many others in acrylic murals on canvas, ceramics or painted cigar boxes. Many of portraits are commissioned by Hollywood celebrities.  In this exhibit, two new portraits will be revealed. Boisson will also gift the Museum the portrait entitled “MLK, Jr. – ‘I Have a Dream’, 2007. Exhibit showing June 11 – September 5, 2016.

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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 runs for multiple years.

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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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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


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National Civil Rights Museum News

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

48 Years Later…

Prior to April 4, Dr. King began to write not solely about the civil rights inequities facing racial minorities, but the economic inequities that created a playing field that was not level for far too many Americans and other citizens of the world… I don’t know for certain, but I feel confident that Dr. King would have expected significant progress over these 48 years.

Self-Destruction: A Case Study of Violence and Hip Hop

Visual references to episodes in the Civil Rights Movement and the Hip Hop culture are included in the [Kin Killin’ Kin] series. With statistics of young black men as homicide victims on the rise, Hip Hop music has become one of the leading forms of storytelling.


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"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." {Martin Luther King} @NCRMuseum #quotes

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June 5 is 50 yrs since James Meredith’s March Against Fear from Mem, TN to Jackson, MS. Stay tuned for June 11!

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This yr.'s poetry slam theme is “And Justice for All!” We want to hear YOUR voice! Enter at

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Almost fifty-one years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law on August 6. Are you exercising your right to vote?

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