THIS IS THE STORY OF A PEOPLE.

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.

Experience The Story

THIS IS THE HISTORY BEHIND THE MOVEMENT.

Slavery. Separate but equal. Boycotts. Assassinations. Black power. This is the history of the uprising that pushed national and international civil rights forward.

Visit the Museum

MUSEUM EVENTS. THE REAWAKENING.

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 Memorial Day. However, there is no Free Period for TN residents. Summer Hours are in effect.  The museum open until 6PM until Labor Day.

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.–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 1 p.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

Accessibility

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.

 

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.

 

Malcolm X, 50 Years Later

Discover more about Malcolm X during the week of his 90th birthday. 

 

Upcoming Events

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

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Special exhibit

Human Rights and Struggle reveals the unique role of posters as a method of communication and a catalyst for change through the display of notable Polish posters from the Poster Museum at Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland.  On exhibit through May 31, 2015.

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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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Your gift will keep history alive for museum guests young and old.

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JOIN

Museum members receive complimentary visits, invitations to special events, gift shop discounts and other benefits.

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SHOP

Continue your museum experience with inspirational and unique gifts.

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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

Individual

$50/year
  • Admission for one adult only
  • 2 single-use guest passes
Join or Renew

Family Dual

$75/year
  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children
  • 4 single-use guest passes
Join or Renew

Sustainer

$250/year
  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children
  • 8 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.

It’s the Inevitable

Until our cities and communities provide authentic opportunities for ALL residents to voice their concerns, and until those concerns are acted upon, we should not be shocked by increasing protests and civil disturbances, and regrettably, acts of violence. It is imperative that we prevent the simmer from becoming a rapid boil by addressing the issues plaguing our communities and by taking personal responsibility for our actions.

The Crafts of Freedom

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Mountaintop speech was more than brilliant rhetorical art; it was also the culmination of a lifetime spent in intense and extensive reading… King’s speeches insistently remind us that freedom is everyone’s birthright. Here he also chides us to remember that intellectual freedom—“thinking for one’s self”—involves continual labor: it’s something that we must learn, develop, hone, and practice.

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.

MAKE HISTORY.  SHARE HISTORY.

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