The museum presents a range of programs to educate visitors and stimulate discussion and action, including book signings, film screenings, civil rights commemorations with local like-missioned organizations and community groups. Popular free-admission programs include:

Target Free Museum Field Trips for Title 1 Schools

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The National Civil Rights Museum is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for students in grades 4-12. Thanks to the Target Free Museum Field Trips for Title I Schools, for the fifth year the Museum will provide free museum field trips to groups of up to 45 students and 5 chaperones. Any Title 1 school in the counties of Shelby, Tipton, and Fayette in Tennessee, DeSoto in Mississippi and Crittenden in Arkansas may apply for the free field trip. Only Shelby County schools are provided transportation.

Schools will be chosen for free field trips through the application process from now to May 3, 2019. Applications will be screened based on the school's Title 1 eligibility. Free transportation may be offered to Shelby County School District school groups visiting on weekdays Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.  Trips may be scheduled on weekends, but transportation cannot be provided on Saturdays and Sundays.

Museum field trips will be scheduled on a first come-first served basis.  If approved, you will receive detailed instructions for booking your free Target visit. Reservations must be made by Friday, May 3, 2019with museum field trip taken by Friday, May 17, 2019. 

If you have questions, please contact our Education Department at or (901) 521-9699 ext. 2244.


Book and Author Series

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This bi-monthly event draws authors who have written about the civil rights movement that include personal recollections of events that shaped the nation and impacted on the world. Topics delve into investigations, conspiracy theories, and historical accounts that have survived generations.