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

April 4th Tribute to Dr. King

“Heartache to Harmony – A Memphis Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”  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.

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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.

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.

Who Mourns for Jimmie Lee Jackson?

Had it not been for the murder of Jimmie Lee, it is probable that “Bloody Sunday” would not have occurred. As the murders of James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo, both white and from the North, followed in the weeks before and after the Selma to Montgomery marches, the death of Jackson goes unremembered.


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    After the march on April 4th, a combined program of COGIC, the City of Memphis, and the Museum will feature the Memphis Symphony...

After the march on April 4th, a combined program of COGIC, the City of Memphis, and the Museum will feature the Memphis Symphony Ochestra, the Central High School Choir, vocalist Debra Manning Thomas, and music from local artists Justin Merrick and Al..

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