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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Summer hours: open from 9:00am–6:00pm

How to get here


National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry Street Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 521-9699

Hours and admission

Monday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.–6 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.  With 48-hours’ notice, the museum offers complimentary tour guide interpretation for visually-impaired guests. To arrange a tour guide for hearing or visually impaired guests, contact Guest Services at 901-521-9699 or email These groups are limited to no more than ten people per tour guide. 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.  Trained service animals are welcome to accompany guests who require their assistance due to a disability.  All other pets or animals are not permitted in the museum.
Security Screenings

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.  

Sept. 22, Book & Author Series: Blood Brothers

The story of how Ali redefined what it means to be a black athlete in America—after Malcolm first enlightened him!

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October 20, 25th Freedom Award

The museum’s flagship event honoring individuals who have contributed tirelessly to civil and human rights.

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October 20, Freedom Award Student Forum

International Paper and the Museum will provide a limited number of seats & transportation for Shelby County students in grades 5 – 12 to the Student Forum (formerly Public Forum). Reserve your student group by Sept. 30.

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Keeper of the Dream Award Nominations

This award recognizes Shelby County youth in grades 6-12 who go above and beyond by demonstrating extraordinary courage, compassion, leadership and/or service toward others. Nominations accepted until Sept. 20, 12pm.

Nominate a Shelby County student.


Upcoming Events

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

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Special exhibit

Inspiring Greatness through Words and Deeds is a special showcase of work by artist Baret Boisson in an exhibit featuring portraits of heroes like Matin Luther King, Jr., Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Fats Waller, and many others in acrylic murals on canvas, ceramics or painted cigar boxes. Many of portraits are commissioned by Hollywood celebrities.  In this exhibit, two new portraits will be revealed. Boisson will also gift the Museum the portrait entitled “MLK, Jr. – ‘I Have a Dream’, 2007. Exhibit showing June 11 – September 5, 2016.

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Purchased Lives exhibit

The Purchased Lives exhibition covers a 57-year period, from America’s abolition of the international slave trade through the end of the Civil War. During this time, more than two million people were forcibly moved within the boundaries of the United States and its territories, wreaking havoc on the lives of enslaved men, women and children. Exhibit showing September 12 – November 27, 2016

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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

combines these two video archives into one interactive exhibit available within a walk-up kiosk.  The exhibit runs for multiple years.

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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.

#StolenLives – More shootings? What’s going on?

Beginning today, at the National Civil Rights Museum, we want to hear from you. We want to know what your questions are and how you think we can stem this violence and value every life. Join us in creating a living exhibit of your thoughts, feelings and solutions.

A Humanitarian, A Gentle-Man

“At critical times, at moments of peril, no one has the right to abstain, to be prudent. When the life or death or simply the well-being of a community is at stake, neutrality is criminal, for it aids and abets the oppressor and not his victim.” – Elie Wiesel

Love Can Save Us

Let’s move beyond tolerance to genuine concern and care for our fellow man. Love is the only concept that can save us from us.



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Today in 1987 Bayard Rustin passed. He was a Freedom rider & lead strategist for 1963 March on Washington.

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The Holocaust’s forgotten black victims – the ‘Rhineland Bastards’ via @dreamdef1

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In 1989 Huey P. Newton was killed. He was a revolutionary & co-founder of the 1960s Black Panther Party.

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This day in 1987, civil rights leader Bayard Rustin passed away. He was part of the first Freedom Ride in 1947 as well as the 1961 campaign. A part of Dr. King’s inner circle, he organized the SCLC and promoted non-violent direct action. He was the..

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