Extended summer hours Thursday - Monday, 9:00am - 6:00pm until Labor Day.

Celebrating 30 years!

30th FreeDom Award

The 30th Freedom Award honorees are MICHELLE OBAMA and THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN led by REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER and REV. DR. LIZ THEOHARIS. The Freedom Award will be virtually presented live October 14.  Online ticketing available September 6.



30th Anniversary Free Day

Join us Saturday, September 25, as we thank our visitors for 30 years of support with FREE ADMISSION, thanks to FedEx. Extended hours that Saturday only from 8:00am - 6:00pm. Reserve your free pass for up to 4 people today!


Plan your visit now

This history is more important than ever.  We remain seriously committed to the safety of our guests and staff and to sharing the stories that changed our nation. We invite you to be a change maker. Schedule your visit the National Civil Rights Museum.


The  Museum and International Paper are accepting applications for this year’s Keeper of the Dream Award, honoring 6th-12th graders throughout the Greater Memphis Area who have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring equal rights and opportunities for others. Students should apply by September 10, 2021.


Museum Events

This year is a double celebration with the 30th anniversary for both the museum and the Freedom Award. Join us October 14.


Past Virtual Events

Small But Mighty Story time

Small but Mighty Storytime BannerSince 2017, the Museum has presented its Small but Mighty Storytime for Young Activists and Families.  With the recent pandemic, the museum’s Education Department is delivering this program online with virtual book readings by museum K-12 Educator, Dory Lerner.  The sessions are a time to explore new interests, discover exciting places, and learn history while at home and engage young minds. Dory will introduce principles of nonviolence and peace, encourage friendship and discuss activism. As she reads stories aloud and demonstrates fun activities, her goal is to realize the potential in young listeners to help make the world a better place.


At the Lorraine Newsletter

Spring 2021 – We reopened to the public on March 1 after closing at the end of 2020. We are operating with limited capacity, with the hopes of increasing visitors gradually through the summer, our peak season. We continue to provide our visitors and staff with a safe environment by practicing social distancing, wearing face masks and sanitizing throughout the day. Learn our new hours of operation and make a reservation to visit at www. civilrightsmuseum.org/visit.



ImagineAnAmerica is a digital platform that heightens awareness of the privilege and necessity of voting. It encourages us to get out and vote, no matter what!  It connects voters to resources that enable community activism and accountability.



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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit

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Outside the Lorraine

The courtyard is the first place where museum visitors confront assumptions about the Movement. The photographs in this exhibit convey unspoken messages that inform and influence how we understand our world. The exhibit runs April 10, 2021 to April 4, 2022.

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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

This walk-up kiosk combines two video archives into one interactive display. 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.

National Civil Rights Museum Blogs

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

  • Museum Statement on the Passing of Bob Moses Monday, July 26, 2021
    The National Civil Rights Museum mourns the passing of civil rights icon Bob Moses, a visionary leader, innovative educator and champion for voting rights.  Moses received the museum’s ...
  • Museum Selects Russell Wigginton as New President Thursday, July 1, 2021
    The National Civil Rights Museum has named Dr. Russell Wigginton as the museum’s next president.  Wigginton will begin his new position on August 1. He brings 29 years of experience in ed...
  • Celebrating Juneteenth Friday, June 18, 2021
    Juneteenth is a holiday in the Black community celebrating the emancipation of slaves in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth has evolved to symbolize the celebration of the emancipation of all enslaved peop...
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