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National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis

(4.7/5 based on 5,500+ 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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  • Has too much material - my suggestion would be to realize there is a ton of information and then figure out a pace you want to go at knowing there are ~25 exhibits, and since they weave you thru them ...  more »
  • The museum was wonderful. The actual room from the motel where MLK Jr. the day he was shot is just as it was left. I highly recommend. A very moving experience.  more »
  • Well put together,profoundly moving and it should be made compulsory for all Americans to visit this Museum.  more »
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  • 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.
  • The Purchased Lives Exhibit and A Culture of Resistance An eye opening experience on all levels. These two exhibits combined give you more information than you probably learned in school about slavery and its effects from 1600's on down to 2016. Yes this is the sight of Dr. Kings assassination and that moment has been used to educate and inform all people about the horrors of slavery and racism.
  • Incredible experience. I wish there was one of these in every city in America. Very well done - must see when you are in Memphis!
  • Mind blowing experience! I almost cried! This place not only honors MLK - as this is where he was killed - but the entire Civil Rights movement, and the other movements for equality that have been inspired by the movement of 1955-68. The movies were informative, and the staff is so friendly. Plenty of history from the slave ships to present day challenges. 5 stars
  • 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.