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

The Museum is open on Columbus Day,
October 12. However, there is no Free Period for Tennessee residents on the holiday.

How to get here

Map to the Museum

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.


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.  

Freedom Award Ceremony & Gala

The Freedom Award, the museum’s highest honor, has served as a symbol of the ongoing fight for human rights both in America and worldwide.


Public Forum

Drawing 4,000 youth and educators annually, is an opportunity for students to interact with Freedom Award honorees and celebrate peers for their community service.

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Free Trips for Shelby County Title 1 Schools

Thanks to a grant from Target, the museum is offering free museum admission and transportation for Shelby County School (SCS) District Title 1 schools groups for up to 45 students and five chaperones.

Click to request a group reservation.


Upcoming Events

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

All Events




Special exhibit

A Heritage Preserved: African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection is an exhibition of master artworks that capture traditions, achievements, and beliefs that are a part of the African American experience.  A Heritage Preserved highlights the importance of collecting and exhibiting artworks to continue legacies. Exhibit showing through November 20, 2015.   Learn more

“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 + 4 single-use guest passes
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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.

The Freedom Award: An Honor Well Defined & Well Deserved

This year, the Freedom Award tradition continues, recognizing three who have contributed to changing the legal landscape as well as raising awareness of the inequalities that existed in the past, and in some instances continue to persist today.

Emmett Till 60 years later: the Untold Story

The story of Emmett Till is no secret to the Civil Rights Movement… But do we really know what occurred in the one-month period in which Emmett Till came to Mississippi and the trial and aftermath of his killers. Why is it relevant today?


Ten years later, we know it wasn’t the natural disaster that was to blame for the tragedy in New Orleans but the man-made disaster that began with poorly constructed levees and ended with politicians pointing their fingers out the window instead of in the mirror… Let us never forget New Orleans.


    Timeline Photos

    Freedom Award honoree Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is the first white to integrate Tugaloo College in Jackson, MS, and became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. While attending Tougaloo, she was involved in one of the most violent sit-ins at the Jackson..

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