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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  • We spent over 3 hours here enthralled will the displays, memorabilia, and videos about the history of slavery right up to the Martin Luther King days. Such a realistic in your face display with real s...  more »
  • I'm not sure that forcing people to do anything ever really works but I think kids learning about the US would be much better served by visiting here than any number of days wandering about the facade...  more »
  • We visited the day before Martin Luther king day. The visit was very moving and yet did not hold back in telling the story of a dark time in US history. Even though I am not American I still can see h...  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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