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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 $15.00
Seniors & Students w/ID $14.00
Children 4–17 years $12.00
3 and under Free
Members Free
Accessibility

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.

SEPT. 29, Purchased Lives exhibit lecture

A biographical discussion or Isaac Franklin (a Tennessee native), John Armfield, and Rice Ballard who built the most successful slave trading firm of the 19th century.

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OCTOBER 20, 25TH FREEDOM AWARD

The museum’s flagship event honoring individuals who have contributed tirelessly to civil and human rights.

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OCtober 20, Student forum

The opening event of the Freedom Award celebration, the Forum allows students to hear from honorees and leaders in the civil rights struggle. Student Group Registration DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30!

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Upcoming Events

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

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PURCHASED LIVES EXHIBIT

The Purchased Lives exhibition covers a 57-year period, from America’s abolition of the international slave trade through the end of the Civil War. During this time, more than two million people were forcibly moved within the boundaries of the United States and its territories, wreaking havoc on the lives of enslaved men, women and children. Exhibit showing September 12 – November 27, 2016

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

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Continue your museum experience with inspirational and unique gifts.

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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

Individual

$50/year
  • Admission for one adult only + 2 single-use guest passes
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Family Dual

$75/year
  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children + 4 single-use guest passes
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Sustainer

$250/year
  • Admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children + 8 single-use guest passes
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Charter patron and corporate memberships are also available.

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National Civil Rights Museum News

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

  • Wake Up America! Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    By Terri Lee Freeman Museum President Something is drastically wrong in America.  It was earlier this summer when we thought we had seen the worst of the assaults on African-American men by ...
  • Missing the Olympics Thursday, September 1, 2016
    By Terri Lee Freeman Museum President It’s been little more than a week since the closing ceremony of one of the most memorable Olympic competitions in history.  The United States secu...
  • #StolenLives – More shootings? What's going on? Friday, July 8, 2016
    Commentary by Terri Lee Freeman President, National Civil Rights Museum Three mornings this week we’ve awakened to news of horrific violence. Three incidents. Seven people dead. Two dead...