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National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry Street Memphis, TN 38103 (901)521-9699

Hours and admission

Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Adult $16.00
Seniors & Students w/ID $14.00
Children 5–17 years $13.00
4 and under Free
Members, Active U.S. Military  



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With at least two weeks’ notice, the museum offers complimentary tour guide and sign-language interpretation for hearing-impaired guests.  With 48-hours’ notice, the museum offers complimentary tour guide interpretation for visually-impaired guests.

To arrange a tour guide for hearing or visually impaired guests, contact Guest Services at (901) 521-9699or email These groups are limited to no more than ten people per tour guide.

For hearing-impaired guests, assisted listening devices for the museum’s two main theater experiences and transcripts for audio elements within the exhibitions are available upon request at the admissions desk. All films have open captions at the bottom of the screen.  Trained service animals are welcome to accompany guests who require their assistance due to a disability. All other pets or animals are not permitted in the museum.

Security Screenings

All guests entering the National Civil Rights Museum are subject to a screening process. The National Civil Rights Museum reserves the right to inspect all guest’s packages, purses, backpacks, fanny packs and other bags prior to entering the museum. Sharp objects more than 2.5 inches long, weapons and illegal contraband will not be permitted in the museum. Please leave and secure any unnecessary articles in your vehicle to expedite your entry. Oversize bags brought into the museum must be checked with security. Animals are not allowed in the museum, except for service animals.


The CLTV (Collective) and Memphis in May present Memphis artists and their works featured in SALVAGE: Reclaiming Memphis' Black Aesthetic The exhibit premieres original work from African-American artists including Amber George, Le Marquee La Flora, Lester Merriweather, Cheeto Ryan, Mia Saine, Siphne A. Sylve and Eso Tolson.


Ruby bridges Reading Festival

Meet civil rights & education advocate, Ruby Bridges Hall! Children pre-K through elementary school receive free books and enjoy storytelling and entertainment. Fun activities includes face painting, balloon animals, musical performances and food trucks.

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after Life

The true story of the Alice Marie Johnson whose life sentence for non-violent drug trafficking was commuted by President Donald Trump thanks to the efforts of Kim Kardashian West.


Night at the Lorraine

On June 8, Night at the Lorraine showcases the power of connection, purpose and history in one shining place–The Lorraine Motel.  The evening sparkles with soulful music, rich food and lively dances of yesterday with a history that still resonate today.


Upcoming Events

The Museum presents dynamic and engaging programs that educate, inspire, and motivate!

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In partnership with The CLTV (Collective) and Memphis in May, SALVAGE: Reclaiming Memphis' Black Aesthetic celebrates narratives often ignored in the mainstream visual story and exclusively premieres work by local African-American artists.  Showing through June 8, 2019.


Ferguson Voices

The killing of Michael Brown in 2014 sparked outrage and launched a movement. "Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame" features the first-hand experiences of those individuals who witnessed and shaped the Ferguson uprising.  Showing through September 1, 2019.


Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

combines these two video archives into one interactive exhibit available within a walk-up kiosk. The exhibit runs for multiple years.

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From the Vault: Collections Blog

Click to check out the latest artifacts and photos From the Vault, our collections blog.

"There lived … a people who had the moral courage to stand up for their rights and thereby they injected a new meaning into the veins of history and of civilization."

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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National Civil Rights Museum News

There’s plenty of history in the making here at the National Civil Rights Museum.

  • Museum Receives Top Honor Tuesday, May 7, 2019
    The National Civil Rights Museum is among 10 institutions the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today as recipients of the 2019  National Medal for Museum and Library Servi...
    Voter Suppression IS Voter Suppression By Terri Lee Freeman, National Civil Rights Museum President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Acts of 1965 with the intent of el...
  • Museum Mourns the Passing of Freedom Award Honoree Frank Robinson Thursday, February 7, 2019
    We are saddened by the passing of baseball icon Frank Robinson, a Hall of Famer, two-time MVP, and MLB’s first African-American manager. He was honored by the National Civil Rights Museum with...