National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, Memphis

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A privately owned complex of historical buildings, National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel 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 - Lorraine Motel can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The National Civil Rights Museum is an opportunity to learn about civil rights and about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. I was in awe. I highly recommend this museum.  more »
  • It’s a time capsule of what happened to MLK on that sad day. This is another definite stop we all enjoyed getting educated on the civil right battles and the treatment of black people coming from the....  more »
  • Tremendous and humbling museum that is a must see for all visitors to Memphis. Plan the better part of a day, and budget some time for reflection.  more »
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  • A museum everyone should try to experience and learn from... if we did, this country would be in a better place than it is now. So much history, and so well displayed. Took about 3.5 hrs to go through both museum sections.. and could easily go longer if you really stop, read, and listen to each area. I really loved learning more about the Brown vs Board of Ed legal process.
  • Everyone needs to visit here. It is so impactful. Much different than just learning about the events in a classroom. The displays are done magnificently. Definately allow a full morning or afternoon here to take in everything. You need at least 2 -3 hours if not more. Excellent stop in Memphis and well worth the time and money!!
  • This museum is huge and one of the best museums that I have ever been to. I took my best friend and our two 12 year olds. The kids loved it just as much as the adults. I went and thought that it was going to possibly take about 2 hours to tour and we would be done but as huge as the museum is you could've easily spent 6 hours or so to see EVERYTHING. This museum was simply awesome. Such powerful, interactive displays and information from such a powerful period of time
  • A profoundly moving experience. I recommend everyone visits if they have the opportunity to visit Memphis. Amazing artifacts and the museum presents many milestones of the Civil Rights movement. Concluding with Dr. King's hotel room and the spot where he was murdered is powerful. Go... you won't be disappointed.
  • This was one of the best visits ever! Our family reunion wouldn't have been complete without it, and we owe a great deal of gratitude to Ms. Lina Sawyer on sorting out our reservation issue. Her professionalism and patience and directing several issues simultaneously was impressive! The exhibitions were compelling, empowering, moving, emotional, educational, and oh so relevant to ANY- and EVERYONE who desires equality, peace, AND justice for all.

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