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We are committed to maintaining a safe experience for our guests by managing a flow of guests every 15 minutes. Guests are required to purchase timed tickets online prior to visiting the Museum to maintain social distancing and capacity guidelines provided by health officials. 

Safety Measures

Face masks inside the Museum are optional for guests and staff. Masks can be provided for guests who arrive without them. Additional hand sanitizer dispensers and regular disinfection are part of the Museum’s plan to protect everyone’s health. Throughout the Museum, signage and floor markings will help visitors maintain social distancing six feet apart. Water fountains will be disabled. There will be frequent sanitization of high-touch areas daily.


May 1, 2023, is the last day for visitors to see the existing Legacy Building at the Boarding House exhibitions, which feature the King assassination timeline, investigation artifacts, and conspiracy theories around the plot to kill King. The two-year project impacts the museum campus west of Mulberry Street, including expanding the historic boarding house and the Founders Park green space.

The permanent exhibitions and changing exhibitions in the Lorraine Building will continue providing a rich history of the Civil Rights Movement up to the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and its impact on today’s social issues. Hours of operation and admission will remain unchanged, and an outdoor ticketing kiosk will be added during peak seasons.


Monday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Extended Summer Hours: Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day.

The average museum experience is 1.5 hours.
Guests who begin their visit within the last hour
should expect an abbreviated experience.

Policies acceptance is required to confirm tickets.



Adults $18.00
Seniors 55+, College Students w/ID $16.00
Children ages 5-17 $15.00
4 & under Free
Museum Members Free
Active U.S. Military Free


Timed tickets sold online only. No refunds. Check-in 15 minutes early. 
Last ticket sold at 4:15pm.

Ticketing for walk-up visitors are based on availability, or standby basis.


Museum Holidays

We may make adjustments to the holiday calendar as needed. Traditionally, the museum and administrative offices are closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

The museum is open on the following holidays, however, administrative offices are closed:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day

Inclement Weather

It is the policy of the Museum to safely and effectively operate its activities and services as scheduled. When emergency situations arise, or when there is inclement weather, the President of the Museum will determine whether or not to keep the Museum open. In the event of inclement weather, he or she may base these determinations on the status of government facilities – in other words, if federal offices are closed, the Museum will be closed.

If the decision is made to close the museum, guests with paid reservations for online tickets will be notified with communication via email or telephone call. The latest and more updated information concerning museum operations due to inclement weather will be found in the homepage alerts.

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The National Civil Rights Museum is located at 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103. We are in the heart of the South Main District in downtown Memphis.

Free parking is available for museum guests. To enter the visitor lot, turn north on Mulberry Street from G.E. Patterson Avenue.

Camera/video & Media Policy

Photography within the museum exhibitions is permitted as long as NO FLASH is used. NO Video is allowed on the museum campus or its interior exhibits without prior authorization. Guests are encouraged to post images of museum experiences to social media pages and tagging the museum @ncrmuseum on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Media personnel, photojournalists and bloggers must be credentialed at least 48 hours in advance.  Send requests to the communications office at

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.

Family Guide

The National Civil Rights Museum seeks to open a dialogue about the story of African Americans who experienced and resisted discrimination — a history that spans slavery through the modern Civil Rights Movement, nonviolent protests to armed self-defense. To reveal the full story, the museum contains sensitive materials that may be frightening or troubling to children and adolescents. Review our family guide for suggestions on ways to discuss sensitive topics with young visitors.

Group Reservations

Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a discounted admissions rate.

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Facility Rental

The museum is an exceptional location for your convention, meeting, or corporate holiday party.

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