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National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis

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4.7/5 based on 4,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • As a Canadian trying to understand the very complex challenges between African Americans and Whites in the US, i found this to be one of the best! Very factual, balanced and tasteful. Dr. King was a g...  read more »
  • You can not go to Memphis without visiting this museum. To stand in front of the room where Martin Luther King spent his last night was chilling. It's hard not to spend hours in this museum. Very well...  read more »
  • This is a must do. A real insight into the detail of the struggle for equality. I knew some of the headlines but this really added to that The fact that it is located at the Lorraine motel makes it so...  read more »
  • Incredible experience! Engaging exhibits that use not only visual/film but audio, written, and imaginative artistic methods to draw the audience into the powerful stories. HIGHLY recommended.
  • An incredible museum. My one regret was not dedicating enough time to it, I gave 1 1/2 hours when I should have given 3. So much interesting information that is presented very well. I'm not usually a fan of museums or history but this had me captivated! It encompasses the Lorraine motel as part of the museum. Superb, a must see in memphis!
  • While walking through the art exhibit, which is the first open room,and separate from the rest of the museum, I was enjoying the primitivist paintings of civil rights leaders, Gandi, and MLK even Harvey Milk, then turning a corner, there was a painting of those killed in the Charleston Emanuel AME church, I was not ready for this and I burst into tears. It is so not over. Those dark years '68 through the 70s echo through our history. And the city of Memphis is now using the number 901 as some kind of civic pride emblem.. Like oak-town in Oakland , only 601 is the room in the Lorraine hotel where Martin was shot and killed. I kept seeing adverts. Like choose the 901, an ad for a condo complex named the 901? It is all over downtown Memphis. Somehow, after all these years it has turned into an emblem of civic identity and ? Pride? This was one of the darkest days in our history, when the greatest civil rights leader our nation has known was gunned down, in a cold racist murder. So maybe pick another tag to put on touristy t-shirts and mugs, and give the honor and respect deserved to those who have given their lives for civil rights.
  • THE stop for American civil rights history. It is affirming of the great movements of progress throughout our country's history. Visiting Memphis? Do your Beale Street visit for fun. This one's for fun AND the ever-needed historical reminders of how far we've come and what we need to remember going forward.
  • Beautiful sight. I saw the very room Dr. King was shot in front of. They have cars from that time still parked in the motel's parking lot. A chill ran down my arms as I tried to form a mental picture of that day in history. Dr. King's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement gave birth to monumental changes in this Country for minorities.
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