The museum will REOPEN on MARCH 1, 2021.

Reopening March 1

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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.

Virtual programs

Book Talk: The Watsons Go to Birmingham

During the 25th anniversary edition release of The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, Christopher Paul Curtis discusses the novel’s continued impact for generations with renowned author and poet Jason Reynolds in a virtual conversation hosted virtually by the museum on March 2, 2021 at 6:00pm Central.


A Conversation with Ruby Bridges & Chelsea Clinton

Join us for a virtual event on Feburary 25 as the two education advocates share personal stories, struggle, Southern roots and congruent pathways that have brought them where they are today.


King Day: A Virtual Celebration

On the national holiday, the Museum presents King Day: A Virtual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday January 18, at 12:00 noon and 6:00pm Central.


King Day Small But Mighty Storytime

For young viewers, museum educator Dory Lerner will share a “Small But Mighty Storytime” reading of the book My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart written by Angela Farris Watkins on  January 18, at 2:00pm and 4:00pm Central.


MORE Small But Mighty Storytimes

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

As we continue to adjust to the changes happening in our communities and lives in this quarterly newsletter, we are reminded of lessons learned from the Civil Rights Movement: understand the issues, ask the question “is this just,” and be persistent and tenacious in seeking justice.



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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit

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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

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National Civil Rights Museum Blogs

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

  • Farewell Terri Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    By Herb Hilliard Chair, Museum Board of Directors Terri Lee Freeman answered the call to lead the National Civil Rights Museum in November 2014. She arrived just a few months after the muse...
  • Museum Statement Regarding the Insurrection at Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 Thursday, January 7, 2021
    Museum Statement Regarding the Insurrection at Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 Dr. King once said, “We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”...
  • Dear White People Wednesday, September 9, 2020
    I write this letter today because I am both exhausted and frustrated. I can only imagine what Dr. King was feeling when he wrote his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. I'm angry at a nation that...