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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.
Tuesdays CLOSED
Wednesday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Adult $17.00
Seniors 55+ & Students w/ID $15.00
Children 5-17 years $14.00
4 and under Free
Members, Active U.S. Military Free
Romare Bearden exhibit only $10.00
Bearden exhibit w/museum Add $5.00

 

FREEDOM AWARD

Honoring commitment to global change for good.

 

 

FREEDOM AWARD – OCTOBER 30

JOHN LEGEND, HAFSAT ABIOLA, and GLORIA STEINEM are the honorees selected for the National Civil Rights Museum’s 28th Freedom Award.

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 admission@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.


How To Be An AntiRacist

In the book How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. The author will speak at the museum on his new release on Wednesday, October 23, 6pm.  Guests may pre-order personalized copies of the book by clicking here.

 

STUDENT FORUM

The Freedom Award Student Forum is October 30! Area educators, make your reservations for your class of 23 students & 2 chaperones by September 25 deadline. Space fills up FAST!

 

Keeper of the Dream Award

Nominate an area student in grades 6-12 who's shown a passion for social change in their community. September 20 is the deadline, and students may nominate themselves!

 

Upcoming Events

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

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Romare Bearden: Vision and Activism

Romare Bearden: Vision and Activism presents examples of Bearden’s influences as an artist of social conscience and action. Romare Bearden (1911–1988) recognized as one of the most important visual artists of the 20th century, countered racial stereotypes with images drawn from history, literature, and the free world of his imagination.  Showing June 21, 2019 until January 6, 2020.

 

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.

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National Civil Rights Museum News

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

  • More #StolenLives Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    MORE #STOLENLIVES When will it be enough? by Terri Lee Freeman President, National Civil Rights Museum In the span of 24 hours America was shaken by the report of two mass shootings r...
  • Museum Receives Top Honor Tuesday, May 7, 2019
    The National Civil Rights Museum is among 10 institutions the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today as recipients of the 2019  National Medal for Museum and Library Servi...
  • VOTER SUPPRESSION IS VOTER SUPPRESSION Friday, April 26, 2019
    Voter Suppression IS Voter Suppression By Terri Lee Freeman, National Civil Rights Museum President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Acts of 1965 with the intent of el...