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.

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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
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.

 

Voter Registration

Low voter turnout is pandemic in this country, yet it is one of the most powerful rights Americans have. In 2015, make sure you are registered to vote, exercise your right and encourage others to do the same.

 

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Upcoming Events

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

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Special exhibit

Jazz and Blues: Threads of American Music is a unique collection of needlepoint art by Leanna L. Lesley  that infuses music, craftsmanship and interior design into beautifully functional masterpieces. The work pays homage to the jazz and blues greats from pianists to bandleaders, vocalists, composers, and arrangers.

On exhibit through June 6 through July 23, 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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Museum members receive complimentary visits, invitations to special events, gift shop discounts and other benefits.

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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
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Family Dual

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

Who was Elbert Williams?

Elbert Williams’s place in civil rights history as the first known NAACP official murdered because he dared to organize to get the vote is an event of national historic importance. The murder of Elbert Williams is a crime that screams for justice, that can only be achieved with the completion of an investigation long ago abandoned.

June 11, 1963

June 11, 1963, was the height of the American civil rights movement. Two hundred fifty thousand Americans of all races celebrated the proposed Civil Rights bill and mourned the death of a civil rights hero. Sixty-two years later, we reflect to that pastime and remember those historical giants as the story for freedom, justice and equality continues.

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.

MAKE HISTORY.  SHARE HISTORY.

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