On Wednesday, October 17,
and Monday, October 22, 
the museum will close early
AT 2:00PM
in preparation for special events.
The Last visitor ticket will be sold at 1:00pm.


How to Get Here


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  



27th freedom Award



Student Forum live stream October 17!

The Freedom Award Student Forum provides an opportunity for students to engage with the Freedom Award honorees, hear their stories and ask questions about their life's work.  The Forum also celebrates students who have contributed extraordinary efforts in community service.


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 dhubbardsmith@civilrightsmuseum.org. 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.

Freedom Award

The 27th  Freedom Award is Wednesday, October 17 honor of individuals who made a national and global impact on civil and human rights.  Get your tickets today.  Sponsorships available.

click for more info

Stages of Revolution

On Saturday, October 13, the Rock for Human Rights will stop in Memphis for a one-hour concert in celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights..  The tour combines live music and film to illustrate each of the basic rights fundamental to every person on earth.

 Click for more info

Stages of Revolution

Witness for Peace Southeast brings ecumenical leader, Alicia Sevila Hildago, of Cuba to speak on "Stages of Revolution: The People Power of Cuba's New Constitution."

 Click for more info


In an era marked by collisions of political, cultural, and institutional crises in America, how can we inspire people to see the humanity in one another? The campaign Spark A Connection is a conversation-starter to help bridge what divide us.

 Click for more info

Upcoming Events

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

All Events


This photo exhibit shines a light on the inhumane practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border. The brainchild of artistic director Paola Mendoza and photographer Kisha Bari, the display of over 30 black-and-white images of protesting children ages 3-10 evokes a visceral reaction to their sheer innocence and is a direct appeal to society's humanity. Showing through December 2018.


civil rights tapestries

Three 7’ wide x 10’ tall mural tapestries were created by master weavers taking over 3,000 hours each to create and designed by award-winning illustrator, Peter Sís. Showing through December 2018.


MLK50: A Legacy Remembered

reflects on the 50 years since King’s tragic death.  It surveys the historic reaction to his death while also examining the continued impact of his legacy on people and events throughout the world. Showing through December 2018.

Learn more


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.

Learn more


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.


Your gift will keep history alive for museum guests young and old.

Donate now


Museum members receive complimentary visits, invitations to special events, gift shop discounts and other benefits.

Join now


Continue your museum experience with inspirational and unique gifts.

Shop now

Become a Charter Member

Members are vital to the museum’s long-term viability and mission. Museum members receive the following yearly benefits:

  • unlimited admission for one year
  • 10% discount on museum shop purchases in store and online
  • member-exclusive exhibit preview invitations
  • free admission to special after-hours educational programs
  • e-newsletter listing


  • Admission for one adult only + 2 single-use guest passes
Join or Renew

Family Dual

  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children + 4 single-use guest passes
Join or Renew


  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children + 8 single-use guest passes
Join or Renew

Charter patron and corporate memberships are also available.

See other options

National Civil Rights Museum News

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

  • How are the Children? Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    I often think of a customary greeting in some African countries, ‘How are the Children?”  The response is generally, “The children are well.”  The question is asked...
  • Thank You! Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    By Terri Lee Freeman Museum President A little over a month ago, we were singularly focused on MLK50.  Not just the commemoration itself, but for the National Civil Rights Museum, each indi...
  • In Memoriam - Art Shay Wednesday, May 2, 2018
    By Dr. Noelle N. Trent,  Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education  Nearly one month after his 96th birthday, April 28,  Chicago-based, Bronx-born pho...