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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Themed “Breaking Barriers, Advancing Freedom,” The Freedom Award will be presented December 2.

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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

The Freedom Award

The Freedom Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions in civil rights and who have laid the foundation for present and future leaders in the battle for human rights.

Keeper of the Dream Award Nominations

Recognize 6 -12 graders in Shelby County who go above and beyond by demonstrating extraordinary courage, compassion, leadership and/or service toward others. NOMINATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 30. Award given during Public Forum on December 2, 2014, 10:00am at Temple of Deliverance.

 Upcoming Events

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.


Throughout the new exhibitions, visitors will learn about more individuals; ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things. Visitors may see themselves in this history.

Grand Reopening Events

The National Civil Rights Museum will tie the historic passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to the reopening via a forum of national thought leaders, historians, scholars and civil rights activists on Friday, April 4 from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Today in 1958, 10,000 students marched with Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, and A. Phillip Randolph for integrated in schools in DC. After the ruling of Brown v Board, this march demonstrated the disdain Northern states had toward the Southern school..

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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


  • 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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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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