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.
Be in the Moment
Summer Hours are in effect.  The museum is open until 6PM until Labor Day.

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.–6 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.–6 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.



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.


Voter Registration

Low voter turnout is pandemic in this country, yet it is one of the most powerful rights Americans have. In 2015, make sure you are registered to vote, exercise your right and encourage others to do the same.


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Upcoming Events

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

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Special exhibit

Jazz and Blues: Threads of American Music is a unique collection of needlepoint art by Leanna L. Lesley  that infuses music, craftsmanship and interior design into beautifully functional masterpieces. The work pays homage to the jazz and blues greats from pianists to bandleaders, vocalists, composers, and arrangers.

On exhibit through June 6 through July 23, 2015.


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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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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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  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children
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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.


But what all seem to agree is that his ability to stick to his convictions and push forward his agenda always MOVED people. His movement of ideas, convictions, projects and justice was central to his being. And it was not lost on those that knew him, because the theme of his home going was MOVING!

Who was Elbert Williams?

Elbert Williams’s place in civil rights history as the first known NAACP official murdered because he dared to organize to get the vote is an event of national historic importance. The murder of Elbert Williams is a crime that screams for justice, that can only be achieved with the completion of an investigation long ago abandoned.

June 11, 1963

June 11, 1963, was the height of the American civil rights movement. Two hundred fifty thousand Americans of all races celebrated the proposed Civil Rights bill and mourned the death of a civil rights hero. Sixty-two years later, we reflect to that pastime and remember those historical giants as the story for freedom, justice and equality continues.


    Funding art institutions and including the arts in schools has been a challenge, but the benefits are priceless. “Reclaiming the Competitive Edge: Black Museums, HBCU’s and the Arts” AAAM’s Conference session will discuss the challenges black..

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