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


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.


Book Talk

 John Avery Emison will discuss his book, The Martin Luther King Congressional Cover-up: The Railroading of James Earl Ray  Learn more.

ADA Legacy Tour

Disability rights are civil rights. Hear stories from the broader Civil Rights Movement during the ADA Legacy Tour. Learn more.

Film: Love & Solidarity

Exploring the work Rev. James Lawson and nonviolence in the search for Workers’ Rights. Learn more.

 Upcoming Events

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

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Pictures Tell The Story

Special exhibit

The late Ernest C. Withers is most often referred to as a civil rights photographer but he captured much more than seminal events of the movement. The Pictures Tell The Story exhibition of selected images capture scenes of Memphis’ African American community spanning the decades of the 1940-1970s.  Included are images of sports and entertainment icons, sporting events and night life on Beale Street, social occasions, religious ceremony, business opportunities and civil rights. On exhibit through April 20, 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


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National Civil Rights Museum News

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

The Crafts of Freedom

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Mountaintop speech was more than brilliant rhetorical art; it was also the culmination of a lifetime spent in intense and extensive reading… King’s speeches insistently remind us that freedom is everyone’s birthright. Here he also chides us to remember that intellectual freedom—“thinking for one’s self”—involves continual labor: it’s something that we must learn, develop, hone, and practice.

We’re Number 2! (And that’s a VERY good thing!)

It’s because of you that the National Civil Rights Museum was able to complete a multi-million dollar renovation in 2014. It’s because of you that we have increased our ability to have a 21st century museum that allows visitors to interact through multimedia installed throughout the museum. And for that, we are incredibly grateful.

Reclaiming Malcolm X

It is arguable that Malcolm X is one of the most misunderstood figures in American History. What is clear is that he wanted simply what the American Dream stands for: Freedom, Justice, and Equality. His legacy of “By Any Means Necessary” continues to live on.


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