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National Civil Rights Museum Memphis

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National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
Memphis
TN
38103
Tel: 901 521-9699

Where are we going today?

There are a number of events in American History that really shaped who the country is today, and the Civil Rights movement is one of them.

So, if you're in Memphis, an eye opening experience for the kids would have to be the National Civil Rights Museum. The museum is actually located at the Lorraine Motel - the very place where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Already the kids can experiencing an infamous part of American history!

The National Civil Rights Museum chronicles key episodes during the American civil rights movement, as well as the legacy of the movement so they can inspire all who visit, and all human rights efforts globally.

The museum is more suited to the older children, who will really take something away from the collections and exhibitions. 

The exhibits at the National Civil Rights Museum cover a range of themes and topics.  Kids can actually enter a jail cell and hear some audio of Dr. King reading his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", with accompanying multimedia. You can chronicle the last hours of Dr. King, and understand why he was assassinated. 

There are interactive exhibits that explain what African Americans were risking if they voted, and you can watch a short documentary on the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. 

For an incredible education on an important part of the American culture and past, a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum will give kids things to think about, learn from, and talk about.

An invaluable family day out in Memphis. 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15
  • Children$12 (Ages 4 to 17)
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 6pm Mon, Wed to Sat / 1pm - 6pm Sunday

All year round. Closed Tuesdays

Teachers corner

The museum is an incredible learning experience for kids. If you book at least 2 weeks in advance there is discounts for admission with more than 20 people.

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places to grab something to eat before you arrive - you're in Memphis after all!.

Any Top Tips?

Have a look at their Family Guide because it helps parents deal with how to approach such delicate topics with their children.

Doing our bit

The museum has such an important message, that they are continuing to tell the story of the civil rights movement, and create awareness for current issues.

Need a little extra help?

With two weeks notice, the museum can offer complimentary tour guide interpretation for visually or hearing impaired guests. .

Can I get one of those?

There is a museum shop with a number of educational and souveinr items for you to take home! .

More information

If you loved the museum, want to support it and visit often, then check out membership as it gives you free admission!.

What people are saying?

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    It took me a couple of hours to go through including the second floor, human rights museum.
    As you enter the fascility, on the low end of the olympic square, heading left to the entrance.While you see the wall of the fist artwork on right.

    The tour begins with the word 'Segragation'. many interactive experience like movie about the whole story 4 minutes approx heading for Martin Luther King Jr.
    Through the whole fascility, I recommend a visit to Ebenezer Church and his house born.
    Staff are so nice too. And after leaving the Museum, you...Read More

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    Amazing experience. Very emotional and moving museum. Girlfriend was crying just standing outside the building. Well done, objective exhibits with lots of great educational materials. Nice use of integrating technology in a user friendly way. We spent 4 hours there and could have done longer.

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    Martin luicifer coon was not the peaceful not violent person that the jew controlled media depicted him as he was a member of over 60 communist front groups he started riots everywhere he went he was a sex pervert he slept with 2 different women on the last day of his life then a 3rd woman was severely beaten by martin luicifer coon for refusing to give him sex in 1977 correta scott coon asked the federal goverment to hide a 845 page fbi record of martin luicifer coons activities and those cowards agreed to seal it for 50 years so knowone would...Read More

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    This experience was definitely worth the admission price. The tour was SPIRITUAL, MOVING, EDUCATIONAL, INSPIRING, and EMOTIONAL! I believe that we ended up spending at least three hours at the museum. It was worth all eight hours of driving from North Carolina! I learned so much; the history books and Internet does not do the civil rights movement justice as this museum does. We left so impressed!

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    I was rather disappointed in the so-called renovations and changes made to the museum. I've visited the museum several times. I visited when I was in elementary school, I visited last year before the renovations and I visited today (and several times in between). During my visit last year I realized some of the exhibits I saw in my youth were missing and I left disappointed that I'd paid money to see things I could have looked up on YouTube and the internet. I go today and see the exhibits that were missing last year were all of a sudden back along...Read More

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by Takesh Moreno

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It took me a couple of hours to go through including the second floor, human rights museum.
As you enter the fascility, on the low end of the olympic square, heading left to the entrance.While you see the wall of the fist artwork on right.

The tour begins with the word 'Segragation'. many interactive experience like movie about the whole story 4 minutes approx heading for Martin Luther King Jr.
Through the whole fascility, I recommend a visit to Ebenezer Church and his house born.
Staff are so nice too. And after leaving the Museum, you probably get a clue of the artwork painted on the wall first floor.

So new and nice. Just talk to staffs, visitors as well.
Metaphor of the Movie 'Gone with the wind', sound of 'tara's theme' still reminds me and passionates me No right is given, Every of them were won by somebody. Take your kids. Clean and safe and you realize it can be a good visit for 30minutes, but both you and your kids can have good knowlege.

by peytophillips22

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Martin luicifer coon was not the peaceful not violent person that the jew controlled media depicted him as he was a member of over 60 communist front groups he started riots everywhere he went he was a sex pervert he slept with 2 different women on the last day of his life then a 3rd woman was severely beaten by martin luicifer coon for refusing to give him sex in 1977 correta scott coon asked the federal goverment to hide a 845 page fbi record of martin luicifer coons activities and those cowards agreed to seal it for 50 years so knowone would learn the truth about him until 2027 martin luicifer coons speechs were written by a communist jew named stanley levison

by purpleindigoviolet

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I was rather disappointed in the so-called renovations and changes made to the museum. I've visited the museum several times. I visited when I was in elementary school, I visited last year before the renovations and I visited today (and several times in between). During my visit last year I realized some of the exhibits I saw in my youth were missing and I left disappointed that I'd paid money to see things I could have looked up on YouTube and the internet. I go today and see the exhibits that were missing last year were all of a sudden back along with about two new exhibits and a video. Where did the 27.5 million dollars go? 97% of the the exhibits they have in there now are old and were in there last year and the things they are passing off as new are in fact old pieces that have been cleaned off and are being passed off as new. Furthermore it seems as if the so called renovations made the building much smaller. There weren't many people there but there was very little space to view the exhibits without having to bump into people and constantly say excuse me. I understand why that lady has been protesting in front of the museum since I was in grade K.

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