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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 #2 of 76 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: At the place of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'S death in 1968 in...
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Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education, City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Roselle Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

Tons of information on civil rights. A well done museum with lots to see and read. Tons of videos and displays. You can still see the room MLK stayed in at the Lorraine.

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Austin, Texas
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

We live in Austin, TX, 9.5 hours from Memphis. After seeing this museum, we think all the school kids there should go on a field trip. We only had 1.5 hours for this stop, which means we saw about a quarter or a third of what is there. We'll be back. Yes, there is a lot to read in these... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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61 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

This museum immerses you in the civil rights struggle. So many brave ordinary people risking their lives for freedom and rights. I lived this history, but the museum brings it all back through powerful photos, video, and words. The film from the Pettis Bridge in Selma is especially powerful; the brutality still shocks all these years later. Because the museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We planned a trip to the museum as a part of our Christmas travel, and I did a good deal of research in advance to be sure that a) it was worth the detour and b) it was appropriate for children (8 and 10). The only complaint I have is that the museum suggests, as part of planning your visit,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

each part of the exhibit was interactive from riding the bus with Rosa Parks to marching with the people as they stand up for human rights. MLK's speech being piped through the speakers over head and actual news coverage from the time periods. I loved every minute of it. I was very educational as well as very emotional.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Don't miss it if you're in the area and be sure to give yourself enough time to take it all in. Unfortunately for us, we arrived at the same time as 2 buses full of people so it slowed us down a bit plus we didn't plan enough time -- I would say a minimum of 3 hours are needed.... More 

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Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I loved the historical aspects of this museum, however, the "captions" near each photo or artifact are just too long. Museums can get crowded, and unfortunately, you just don't have time to read everything. If you are ever in Memphis, definitely go.

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Clarksville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

My daughter (8) and I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. If we had "gone in blind" we would not have had as much appreciation- we did our homework and watched several documentaries and read a couple of children's book about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so she was well prepared to put the information in context.... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Very well done displays. Displays diverse, interesting, and moving. Slavery section very informative. It was a bit overwhelming to be at the place of the assassination of Dr. King and disturbing to look across from the window of the fateful gun shot. Great preservation of this spot and a great location for the museum. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Lots of interesting things to look at and read. Could easily spend most of a day there. Especially poignant being at the location where MLK was killed.

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