National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum chronicles key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement, examines today’s global civil and human rights issues and provokes thoughtful debate. The Museum honors the past so the work for the future may continue.

The Museum, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, is the only museum of its kind in the country that gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to the present. Through the telling of this American story of struggle and change, the Museum examines the issues that plague society today, illuminating the need for civil rights – for global, human rights.

Since its opening in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 70,000 students annually. The museum is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.

Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, storytelling, dynamic speakers and events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change. Then, invites you to Join the Movement, take a stand and share your voice on issues that impact our society.

A recent museum visitor reviewed, “I am still touched by this experience a week later. I have trouble putting into words the feeling I had standing in the same spot where MLK was shot… I think everyone should visit this monument in their lifetime. Amazing... No words.” – TripAdvisor, February 21, 2016.

Another visitor said, “When you’re in Memphis, it is a must that you pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum. It is a national landmark in many respects due to it being infamously known as the site where a great civil rights leader was assassinated. They’ve managed to preserve the hotel and have utilized the space for education and empowerment.” – Yelp, February 2, 2016.

An internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum was recognized as USA Today’s Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC’s Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal.

The National Civil Rights Museum, today’s public square, serves as a catalyst for positive change.