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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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  • I did not go to it.. My Daughter and Grandson went up to where it happen. They enjoyed it There was lots of ppl checking it out, She said there was a Plaque telling the story.  more »
  • Very informative, well organized and bigger than you might think. Allow at least 2 hours to not be rushed. Dr. King's actual hotel room, the balcony where he was shot and the boarding house room and b...  more »
  • This was a great experience. Learned a lot about the civil rights movement, in the 60's. Great exhibits. A must see, when in Memphis.  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.
  • A lot of interesting information and nice gift shops. Before coming in I thought there is a lot of history of American people and their civil rights. I also knew that it's a former hotel where Martin Luther King was killed. Have to mention that there is the history of only African American people. No further comments.
  • Great place to learn about African American history. Its so much to see and read please set aside atleast a few hours. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Even the security guards and gift shop associates had plenty of hospitality.
  • Great piece of American History. If you are in the area don't miss this. It's beautiful to see Dr. Kings dream in real life as people of all races mingle and pay reverence to the man that started the Civil Rights movement.
  • Must visit on your trip to Memphis to learn about an important era of America's history. Very well organized and maintained. Dr. King's speech is still as inspiring as it was the day he first gave it. The place where he was assassinated and the story of how and what happened gave me the goosebumps.