The Museum is now open 9:00am – 6:00pm until Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

How to Get Here


National Civil Rights Museum

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

Hours and admission

Monday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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

Pledge for Peace




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.



MLK50 Drop the MiC Poetry SymposiUm

Register now to attend the FREE Poetry Symposium on Friday, August 18, from 3-8pm featuring a MasterClass with Ed Mabrey, a keynote from poet/activist Propaganda, and workshops on art as activism, technique, youth voices and business by top artists.

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MLK50 Drop the Mic Poetry Slam

Register now to attend the Poetry Slam on Saturday, August 19, from 5-8pm. The Slam is Saturday, August 19, at 5pm and watch qualifying contestants compete for cash prizes up to $1500.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

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MLK Soul Concert Series

In honor of MLK50, the Museum is hosting a free outdoor concert series every Friday in September featuring local artists, food trucks, spoken word artists, and Sip & Shop at the Main St. Museum Store. BYO lawn chair or blanket.  Free & open to the public.

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Freedom Award

This year's 26th Freedom Award offers a NEW experience at a different venue on October 19!

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MLK50 Commemoration

The Museum will observe the 50th Anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a yearlong commemoration from April 4, 2017 to April 4, 2018.

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Upcoming Events

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

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Special exhibit

The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, 1964-1968 is an exhibit of over 60 photos from 1964 through 1968 including the search for the three missing civil rights workers, a day on the Meredith March in 1966, the Wharlest Jackson funeral in 1967, the Senate Hearings to Evaluate Poverty in 1967, and the bombings, boycotts and demonstrations. Exhibit is showing through September 4.

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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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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
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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.

  • TWENTYSEVENTEEN Friday, January 6, 2017
    By Terri Lee Freeman, Museum President 2017 has arrived. How I wish I could list the incredible accomplishments that took place in 2016 to provide equitable access to opportunity, move justice for...
  • Three Lessons from the Election Monday, November 28, 2016
    By Terri Lee Freeman, Museum President   Like Everyone in America, I have spent time reflecting on the election.  Not just Tuesday, November 8, but the 18 months leading up to Electio...
  • 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 ...