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. Using our custom trip planner, Memphis attractions like National Civil Rights Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful honor to Dr. King and those whom have fought for freedom within our country. Moving beyond words.  more »
  • This museum is able to put you right there in there Civil Rights movement. It's not just a building full of cold historical pictures and artifacts. You can feel it! I highly recommend it. And visit th...  more »
  • This was my first time visiting the museum ... can't say enough about how incredible it is! So much history from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement ... allow at least 2 hours to leisurely make your ...  more »
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  • Fantastic museum. I highly recommend putting this on your list of places to visit if you are coming to Memphis or even if you live in Memphis. It does a great job of walking you through the beginnings of the slave trade and up through the civil rights movement. It was recently redone (several years ago) and it is much better now (not that it was bad before). Great interactive displays and you will not leave this place the same.
  • Great experience...This was a great learning lesson. It was only 15 minutes off the highway. Very easy to find and free parking. The restrooms were clean and very secure. They have enough outside art and visual effects to enjoy a free self tour. But dont forget its outstanding inside too. Excellent sound effects. Good job.
  • Probably one of the best museums I have ever visited - absolutely fantastic! The museum is beautifully designed, and the huge amounts of information are laid out in such a way where you don’t feel overwhelmed. Also an incredibly moving experience, and there were several people (myself included) who cried at various times. I cannot recommend visiting this museum enough - you simply MUST pay it a visit.
  • This is the most well done museum I've ever been to. It was well thought out and made with excellence. The experience makes you feel like you are a part of the civil rights movement throughout history. It combines video, audio, photos, and life-like structures to complete the experience.
  • A must see in Memphis. The remodel was very well done and the history is told in very special detail. Great options to go deep in the history if you have the day to spend, or just take an hour or two if you are short on time. DO NOT MISS the other side, where you get to see where shots were taken and understand some of the other theories behind MLK's assassination.

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