National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

#1 in Best Things To Do in Memphis
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
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Key Info

405 Mulberry St.

Price & Hours

$16 for adults; $13 for kids 5-17; free for kids 4 and younger
Weds-Mon 9 a.m.-5 or 6 p.m.

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Recent travelers agreed the National Civil Rights Museum should be at the top of anyone's list of things to see in Memphis. Housed in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the museum features multimedia presentations on the civil rights movement. With the help of 260 artifacts, more than 40 films, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts, visitors are guided through five centuries of history. During your self-guided tour, you'll view artifacts paramount to the movement, such as a Greyhound bus ridden by Freedom Riders. You'll also have the chance to see King's motel room, where he spent his final hours.

Reviewers described the museum as "surreal" and "incredbily moving." They went on to note the staging of the exhibits is "top-notch" and said the museum helped put seminal events of the period into context for a better overall understanding of the movement. Visitors should budget at least two to three hours to tour the entire facility.

Located south of downtown Memphis in the South Main District, the National Civil Rights Museum is open every day except Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the museum stays open until 6 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, $13 for kids between the ages of 5 and 17 and free for toddlers 4 and younger. Active military members also get in for free. Guided tours are available for $80 per 1½ hours (prior arrangements requested), and museum visitors can park for free. To enter the visitor lot, turn north on Mulberry Street from G.E. Patterson Avenue. For more information on the museum and its events, visit its website.

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