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National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis

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A privately owned complex of historical buildings, National Civil Rights Museum traces the history of the civil rights movement from the 17th century to the present day. Built around the former hotel where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. occurred in 1968, the complex narrates the story of the African-American struggle for equality. Walk through the museum to explore exhibits chronicling some of the most significant moments in the country's history, including the infamous 1960s bus boycotts and sit-ins. Check the online map for the easiest way to reach the museum from various parts of Memphis, and use the free parking just to the south of the complex. Make National Civil Rights Museum a part of your Memphis vacation plans using our Memphis tourist route planner.
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  • This Museum is fantastic. The attention to detail, the exhibits, the video footage depicting the plight of people is mind boggling. The events culminating in the assassination of Reverend King gave me...  more »
  • This was a fab day out. Lots of history, almost too much to be honest I won't spoil it but the end part of the museum journey took me by surprise. Well worth a visit folks.  more »
  • This is a must if your in Memphis. The museum is done very well and the MLK sections were very interesting!  more »
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  • Honestly, having not done my research, I expected a small shrine to Martin Luther King Jr. This may have been one of the best constructed museums I've ever seen and is absolutely worthy of the power of the place it holds in American history. I'm genuinely sorry that I only had three hours to spend there and could comfortably have been there all day. It holds large themes for those with only passing interest, down to extraordinary and heart-gripping details of the individual bits of history and pieces of lives that composed the extraordinary tapestry of the Civil Rights Movement from start to finish, warts and all. I am unsure of who had the titanic responsibility of putting this together, but they must certainly be one of the best in their craft. Staff is helpful and respectful. Those not comfortable standing for a long time will want to pace themselves.
  • Today was a wonderful experience!! Our tour guide was a young man by the name of Khalif Patterson that really just took to my husband and I as if we knew him forever and a day. Everyone needs to experience this tour at least one time in their Lifetime. So much history in one place. We spent about 5 hrs in the museum and it didn't even feel like it. I really enjoyed the whole complete 5 hours.
  • It was unbelievable. My heart stopped when I saw the hotel sign. The balcony where dr. King stood in many pictures is still there just like the pictures. It was awesome humbling and filled me so much hate and love at the same time. If he hadn't been killed we might not have our civil rights. Rip Dr. King
  • Loved the exhibits. I do miss they had an Obama one up and it's not there now. It was showing then and now how we made it. Maybe I missed it but just because he's done serving he still served 2 terms. The rest is a must see
  • It was a wonderful National Civil Right Museum to go too. I really enjoyed myself. It really bless me and my family very well. Touching and all of that good stuff. The service was excellent. When you get a chance go. Everything was just great. No complaints about nothing including the ride there and back. God is good all the time.

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