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National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

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Lorraine Motel picture in Memphis
The Lorraine Motel picture in Memphis
National Civil Rights Museum picture in Memphis

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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
4.5
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    4.5
  • Facilities
    3.0
  • Atmosphere
    4.5

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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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#1 National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel 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 ... Read more » Brand USA / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

#2 Stax Museum of American Soul Music Sitting on the original site of the Stax Records studio, this museum commemorates the musicians who recorded in this legendary space, as well as other American soul legends. Among the ... Read more » Ronnie Booze / Stax Museum of American Soul Music

#3 Sun Studio Often referred to as the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, Sun Studio is a must-see for music aficionados. Former owner Sam Phillips helped launch many a music career, including that ... Read more » Alex Shansky / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

#4 Graceland With this city's strong musical identity, there's no question as to why Elvis Presley chose Memphis as his kingdom. Graceland, located approximately 10 miles south of downtown Memphis ... Read more » Clay Larsen / Flickr

#5 Peabody Ducks Originally constructed in 1925, The Peabody Memphis has held a long-standing reputation as one of the finest hotels in the South. While the building itself is quite breathtaking, the real ... Read more » Lance Murphey / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

#6 Beale Street Are you looking for the heart and soul of Memphis culture? Head over to Beale Street. It was here that the blues was born, and many famous musicians  including B ... Read more » Benedek / Getty Images

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#8 Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum If you're a fan of soul music or rock 'n' roll and want to learn more about how Memphis played a part in the roots of these genres, you ... Read more » Phillip Parker / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

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#10 Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum You'll get a different perspective of Memphis history if you spend some time at the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, which draws visitors back to the pre-Civil War era ... Read more » Baxter Buck / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

# AutoZone Park Read more » Craig Thompson / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

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A tiger beats the Memphis heat in his enclosure. Bears, wolves and more can also be seen at the Memphis Zoo Gert-Jan Mes / Getty Images

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