National Civil Rights Museum


450 Mulberry St
Memphis, TN 38103

Phone: 901-521-9699

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Hours:
Jun - Aug  Mon, Wed-Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 1pm-6pm Sep - May  Mon, Wed-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm

Type:
Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums


10BEST Says

Historic Sites, Attractions near FedExForum: One of the most emotionally moving museums in America, the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike -- right in the very building where King was standing when gunned down. Exhibits in the Lorraine Motel, where King and his entourage were staying, and the boarding house across the street -- where gunman James Earl Ray camped out -- tell the history of the civil rights movement, leading up to the assassination of King and the hunt for his killer. In addition, the pioneers of civil rights are profiled in a special exhibit dedicated to those the museum recognizes in its annual human rights awards.

Best Attractions & Activities: The National Civil Rights Museum underwent a year-long, multi-million dollar rebirth, re-opening the full museum in 2014 with more interactivity, deeper exhibits, and an even better telling of the stories of the American civil rights movement. One of the most emotionally moving museums in America, the NCRM chronicles the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike -- right in the very building where King was standing when gunned down. Exhibits in the Lorraine Motel, where King and his entourage were staying, and the boarding house across the street -- where gunman James Earl Ray camped out -- tell the history of the civil rights movement, leading up to the assassination of King and the hunt for his killer. In addition, the pioneers of civil rights are profiled in a special exhibit dedicated to those the museum recognizes in its annual human rights awards.

Local History, Museums, History Museums: NOTE: The NCRM's Lorraine Hotel building is closed from November 2012 through 2013 for renovations. However, the boarding house remains open, and for the first time ever, the balcony outside the room where Dr. King was staying - and on which he was standing when he was gunned down - is now open to the public throughout the renovation. Museum officials say once the renovations are complete, the balcony will be closed to the public again. One of the most emotionally moving museums in America, the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike -- right in the very building where King was standing when gunned down. Exhibits in the Lorraine Motel, where King and his entourage were staying, and the boarding house across the street -- where gunman James Earl Ray camped out -- tell the history of the civil rights movement, leading up to the assassination of King and the hunt for his killer. In addition, the pioneers of civil rights are profiled in a special exhibit dedicated to those the museum recognizes in its annual human rights awards.


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Local Expert Says:

Historic Sites, Best Attractions & Activities, Attractions near FedExForum, Museums: "A good read before visiting the museum is Hellhound on His Trail by Memphian Hampton Sides. It tells the back story of James Earl Ray and offers a fantastic historical perspective of the assassination."

Local History: "A good read before visiting the museum is Hellhound on His Trail by Memphian Hampton Sides. It tells the back story of James Earl Ray and offers a fantastic historical perspective of the assassination."

Best for Historic Sites Because: This Lorraine Motel portion of the museum is one of the country's most important historic sites of the 20th century.

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The Civil Rights Museum is without a doubt one of the country's best museums, thanks to its frank chronicling of one of America's darkest periods.

Best for Attractions near FedExForum Because: The museum is just a short walk from the Forum into the trendy South Main neighborhood.

Best for Local History Because: The exhibits and stories told at the NCRM challenge every visitor's concept of equality, as well as help them identify their own prejudices.

Best for Museums Because: The museum brings the best and the worst of the civil rights era to its visitors.

10Best List photo 10BEST says

Historic Sites, Attractions near FedExForum: One of the most emotionally moving museums in America, the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike -- right in the very building where King was standing when gunned down. Exhibits in the Lorraine Motel, where King and his entourage were staying, and the boarding house across the street -- where gunman James Earl Ray camped out -- tell the history of the civil rights movement, leading up to the assassination of King and the hunt for his killer. In addition, the pioneers of civil rights are profiled in a special exhibit dedicated to those the museum recognizes in its annual human rights awards.

Best Attractions & Activities: The National Civil Rights Museum underwent a year-long, multi-million dollar rebirth, re-opening the full museum in 2014 with more interactivity, deeper exhibits, and an even better telling of the stories of the American civil rights movement. One of the most emotionally moving museums in America, the NCRM chronicles the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike -- right in the very building where King was standing when gunned down. Exhibits in the Lorraine Motel, where King and his entourage were staying, and the boarding house across the street -- where gunman James Earl Ray camped out -- tell the history of the civil rights movement, leading up to the assassination of King and the hunt for his killer. In addition, the pioneers of civil rights are profiled in a special exhibit dedicated to those the museum recognizes in its annual human rights awards.

Local History, Museums, History Museums: NOTE: The NCRM's Lorraine Hotel building is closed from November 2012 through 2013 for renovations. However, the boarding house remains open, and for the first time ever, the balcony outside the room where Dr. King was staying - and on which he was standing when he was gunned down - is now open to the public throughout the renovation. Museum officials say once the renovations are complete, the balcony will be closed to the public again. One of the most emotionally moving museums in America, the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike -- right in the very building where King was standing when gunned down. Exhibits in the Lorraine Motel, where King and his entourage were staying, and the boarding house across the street -- where gunman James Earl Ray camped out -- tell the history of the civil rights movement, leading up to the assassination of King and the hunt for his killer. In addition, the pioneers of civil rights are profiled in a special exhibit dedicated to those the museum recognizes in its annual human rights awards.

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Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Historic Sites, Best Attractions & Activities, Attractions near FedExForum, Museums: "A good read before visiting the museum is Hellhound on His Trail by Memphian Hampton Sides. It tells the back story of James Earl Ray and offers a fantastic historical perspective of the assassination."

Local History: "A good read before visiting the museum is Hellhound on His Trail by Memphian Hampton Sides. It tells the back story of James Earl Ray and offers a fantastic historical perspective of the assassination."

Best for Historic Sites Because: This Lorraine Motel portion of the museum is one of the country's most important historic sites of the 20th century.

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The Civil Rights Museum is without a doubt one of the country's best museums, thanks to its frank chronicling of one of America's darkest periods.

Best for Attractions near FedExForum Because: The museum is just a short walk from the Forum into the trendy South Main neighborhood.

Best for Local History Because: The exhibits and stories told at the NCRM challenge every visitor's concept of equality, as well as help them identify their own prejudices.

Best for Museums Because: The museum brings the best and the worst of the civil rights era to its visitors.

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