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National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

450 Mulberry St., Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown)
+1 901-521-9699
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Ranked #3 of 86 attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Leisure education, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: At the place of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'S death in 1968 in Memphis, TN, the National Civil Rights Museum is a renowned educational and cultural... more » Owner description: At the place of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'S death in 1968 in Memphis, TN, the National Civil Rights Museum is a renowned educational and cultural institution. The Museum chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement with compelling presentations of iconic exhibits, oral histories of lesser-known civil rights foot soldiers, and visceral, in-the-moment experiences. Visitors will learn through emotionally charged, multi-user, multi-touch interactives, and a visually engaging, contemporary exhibit design that guides you through five centuries of history. Bring the whole family. « less
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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Interactive displays, guided tours, films, news reels from the time, the actual bus that Rosa Parks sat on, the garbage truck display and every other exhibit that was included in the tour

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Plainfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

this is one of the best museums I have ever been to. Very well organized, lots of great, interesting information, awesome authentic artifacts like the actual bus that Rosa Parks made history in! Also, see the actual hotel room that MLK stayed in and the balcony where he was shot. Excellent, excellent museum!!

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wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Arrive at lunchtime and park in their free lot. Cross the street and have lunch at the Central BBQ. Sit out on the patio to eat. (You'll be looking at the back of the Lorraine) Then go to the museum and take your time.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

When we entered the museum we where told that it would probably be 2 hours to go through. That was a severe underestimate. The museum did an excellent job of giving you the history and motivations behind slavery in the Americas. It's goal seems to be to give you an indepth feel for the tensions that were wracking the country... More

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Rennes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I found this museum not only very moving, but also complete and fair in its presentation of the subject. Despite King's obvious stature, and this being an obvious place to pay hommage to a great man, I felt the exhibits gave a balanced overview of a diverse movement and due credit to the many other courageous people involved. I suggest... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This also my second visit it's much bigger now than my visit in 2005 they use the building over the road the shooter used but a great place to visit to witness history

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New Kent, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum last year, before renovations were complete. We found it impressive then and decided on that visit that we'd return when the renovation was finished. We just returned from our second visit and both my hubby and I both agree that it is a "must see" attraction in Memphis. As others have said, don't plan to see... More

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

If you are planning a visit to Memphis, DO NOT MISS THIS MUSEUM!! Whether you remember Dr. MLK's assassination (as we vividly do), or have just learned about it in school, you must visit this National Civil Rights museum. The first place you see is the actual Lorraine hotel, and Dr. MLK's hotel room, and the infamous balcony. That's just... More

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Prairieville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum surpassed my expectations. I had goose bumps for 3 solid hours while touring this museum. Don't leave Memphis without visiting this amazing museum.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It is really nice how they have redone the museum. I visited both before and after their renovation and there new set up is awesome. It really helps you feel what it would have been like to be back in that time, no matter what your race. For the African American, it puts you back in time and is really... More

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