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About National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., chronicles key episodes in the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally

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This museum was built around the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on April 4th 1968. Construction of the museum began in 1987 and opened in 1991.


Traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the 17th century to present. Celebrate Black History by checking out these noteable African American contributions: http://bet.us/BHM


Dedicated on September 28, 1991, the Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement! Join the Revolution: http://ow.ly/8sS8E

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Visiting for Black History Month? Check out the temp exhibit, For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, which examines the visual aspect of Southern race struggles

- Memphis Travel

Did you know? The Lorraine was one of the few hotels where African American travelers could stay during segregation. Famous guests included Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding & Wilson Pickett.

- K12 Inc

You need at least 3 hours to absorb all of the information. Leave yourself enough time!

- Alex C

Don't forget to see the boarding house across the street where James Earl Ray allegedly shot King.

- Alexis D

Impressive! Get the head set. Well worth the 2 bucks!

- Letitia George

This museum is celebrating its 20th year. Stop in to show some love! Check out the walking tour Thursday and Friday.

- The Grio

National Civil Rights Museum

After the multi-million dollar renovation, this museum looks AMAZING! The museum takes you on a time line from the shipping of slaves to the U.S., up to and continuing past the civil rights movement.

- Rachel Starks

A MUST visit tourist stop!!! Here you'll see the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered by James Earl Ray, among other significant aspects of American history.

- Karen Johnson

National Civil Rights Museum

Main museum is closed until spring 2013 for renovations, but still lots of history to see.

- Laura Gorycki

The exhibits include a great amount of information and history on Civil Rights, but the moving documentary on MLK Jr. you cannot miss! There will be an announcement when the film is about to start!

- Social News Network

The Journey Of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks & Other Civil Rights Leaders Is Captured So Powerfully In The National Civil Rights Museum. You'll Be Inspired To Make A Change In Your Community.

- DIVINE Magazine

absolute must see in Memphis. They have preserved the motel and the room where MLK was shot. Learnt so much about the civil rights movement. The exhibits are engaging and very informative.

- Divya Mulanjur

National Civil Rights Museum

Really well done. Highly recommend a visit to this museum. Take your time. Maybe takes 3 hours to totally see it all. But it's worth it.

- Alan Hedrick

National Civil Rights Museum

One of the best museums that I've visited! Don't miss the opportunity to come here and learn about black american history.

- Paula Freire

One of the BEST I've ever been to. You can't come to Memphis and not come here. Allow yourself 4 hours to see it all.

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- Brkgny

National Civil Rights Museum

A must when n Memphis. Love it so much history. 💯💯💯

- LaQueena Sadé

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