King Day | National Civil Rights Museum


A celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday

Monday, January 16 • 8:00am – 6:00pm

Museum Campus • Free Admission

The National Civil Rights Museum has pivoted to present King Day: An All-Day Celebration on January 16, 2023, with free admission to the museum from 8:00am to 6:00pm, thanks to FedEx.

The museum continues its commitment to a day of service by encouraging guests to bring nonperishable food items to support the Mid-South Food Bank and to be prepared to give blood to support the Vitalant blood drive.



  • Visitors can tour the museum from 8:00am–6:00pm. Free admission is sponsored by FedEx.
  • There is music, announcements, and recorded speeches by Dr. King from the Main Stage outdoors.
  • For its food drive benefitting the Mid-South Food Bank, the museum requests that guests bring canned goods donations to help feed the growing number of hungry families in the Mid-South.
  • The museum continues its annual blood drive with Vitalant to help with the critical shortage. Anyone donating blood receives a free admission pass for up to four people any day in 2023.

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Annual Mid-South Food Bank Drive

Bring Canned Good/Non-Perishable Food Donations

FoodBank_logoObserved as a day of service, the King Holiday at the Museum is a chance for visitors to give back to the community and receive discounted admission by making food donations to benefit Mid-South Food Bank. 

Non-perishable items include canned meats (tuna, stews, chili, Spam, soups), canned fruit and veggies, canned juices, and peanut butter. NO glass containers.

The Food Drive is just one way everyone can serve the community and take in important history while honoring Dr. King's legacy. One of Dr. King's last initiatives was the Poor People's Campaign, so giving to help those in need furthers this cause. Feed the need!

About Mid-South Food Bank

King Day Vitalant blood Drive

With blood donation, receive free admission for up to 4 people.

LifebloodLogo2014Give the gift of life during the King Holiday. Vitalant (formerly Lifeblood) mobiles will be onsite on the January 17 from 8:00am to 4:00pm to receive blood donations. Donors receive free admission with express line access on King Day for up to four people PLUS four guest passes for up to four people to visit the museum again any day in 2022. Donors must be present January 17 to receive additional passes. Also, donors who give blood the week of January 10-16 at Vitalant Centers receive an admission voucher.

About Vitalant

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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