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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The Museum is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Happy Holidays!

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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

Lunch & Learn

Discussion of a new documentary that illustrates the creative and cultural renaissance of the 1960-1970s.

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

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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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National Civil Rights Museum News

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

It’s Time to Move!

Dr. King would inform all those involved that for us to succeed, we would need to be in it for the long-haul. There would be no microwave success and it certainly wouldn’t occur without some sacrifice.

Ferguson, Missouri… What’s Next?

“I wish I could say that we’ve seen the last of these tragic deaths of unarmed African American men. But we know, that nothing will change unless WE demand a change,” – Terri Lee Freeman, President, National Civil Rights Museum, in reference to the verdict without trial in Ferguson

Justice Delayed?

“You Be The Judge” allowed visitors to hear for the very first time anywhere how the case would have been tried had James Earl Ray opted to not plead guilty. Museum staff and volunteers played the roles of key witnesses linked to the case. The entire transcript was created from police interviews, depositions, affidavits, and FBI statements.


“Yes, I’m angry and I understand the anger that is being played out in cities across our nation. But we have to move beyond the anger to action and beyond rhetoric to response.” – Terri Lee Freeman, President of National Civil Rights Museum

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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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Culture and Resistance

Special exhibit

Culture and Resistance: Civil Rights Photography, Memphis 1968, an exhibition features a collection of photographs taken during the 1968 sanitation strike in Memphis. Curated by Leila Hamdan, Museum Registrar. Exhibit showing through October 24, 2014.

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