holiday hours:
Closed Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24
Closed Christmas Day, TUESday, December 25
Closed New Year's Day, TUESday, January 1
 

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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  


Free

 

27TH freedom Award

 

 


DIGITAL PREMIERE OF THE 27TH Freedom Award

Watch the full 27th Freedom Award Ceremony with bio videos and photo gallery.

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.


I AM A CHILD DIGITAL GALLERY

A digital photo gallery to illustrate the hope, humanity and resilience in the fight for civil and human rights in America, the museum launches a portfolio to shed light on the continued separation of immigrant children and the threat to remove birthright citizenship.

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Book Talk: A Past That Won't Rest

Editor Jane Hearn will discuss the book A Past That Won’t Rest: Images of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, a photo book containing never before published images by photographer Jim Lucas focusing on the years of 1964-1968.

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SPARK A CONNECTION

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.

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Upcoming Events

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

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I AM A CHILD

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.

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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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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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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

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$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
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National Civil Rights Museum News

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

  • Let’s stop tearing down community and build something we can all be proud of Monday, November 5, 2018
    By Terri Lee Freeman In early October the National Civil Rights Museum, along with Bridges and Facing History and Ourselves, launched a campaign to encourage empathy. Our  Open Up. ...
  • 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...