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National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

450 Mulberry St., Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown)
901-521-9699
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Ranked #7 of 86 attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Leisure education, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This Museum IS PARTIALLY OPEN DURING RENOVATIONSMuseum focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in America through private collections, exhibitions,... more » Owner description: This Museum IS PARTIALLY OPEN DURING RENOVATIONSMuseum focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in America through private collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs. While the Lorraine Motel exhibits are currently closed for renovation until first quarter 2014, the museum experience now includes the civil rights movement timeline, the Legacy exhibits in the boarding house, the Freedom's Sisters exhibit, and a special tour of the Lorraine Motel balcony where Dr. King last stood in 1968. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We did not go into the museum itself, but did walk around the Lorraine Motel. If you go into the Museum, you can access the second floor of the motel and the room win which Dr. King was staying.

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North Bergen, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Very emotional moving museum. Besides the Lorraine Motel, the museum documents slavery, Jim Crow, various civil rights marches, room where James Earl Ray fired fatal shot, replicas of Rosa Park bus, sanitation truck from strike, and burned out voting rights riders' bus. A must for all to see and certainly all history teachers.

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Roseville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, we made our stop in Memphis three days before the grand re-opening of the civil rights museum.

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Missoula, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This was an amazingly well done museum, dedicated not only to the events of April 4, 1968--the day the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated but also to the history of the struggle for civil rights in the USA and also in the world. The museum is divided into two buildings---one for a detailed timeline of the movements... More

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Marana, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Civil rights history comes alive in this interactive exhibit that also lets you view from the locations where Dr. Martin Luther King and his assassin stood at that tragic moment. Even after three hours we felt rushed, but the venue was closing. Allow four hours to view the many videos and interactive experiences. Because of the importance of this history,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We were so impressed by the preservation of this hallowed place, it's starkness reminds you of some of our darkest days in American history. However, it was heartening to see such a well-done piece of history - with the hotel, the room marked by a simple wreath, the Cadillacs parked out front and small, simple screens out front - keep... More

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Marion, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Very moving, very real, very sad, and very courageous! Loved every minute we were there. I am old enough to remember some of the events in the Civil Rights Struggles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

A very graphic and poignant place. I loved it. We will tell everyone we know how good it was. Had a tear over Dr King. Amazing experience

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We were lucky that we arrived right after the grand opening. A wonderful job of revitalizing the museum. We spent more time than originally planned but well worth it. We learned so much. Again, taking in the past can cause so much reflection and sadness that we must be determined to make sure the past is past and me move... More

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Edmonton, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed this attraction. Its a self guided tour goes into the history about segregation and its the site where Martin Luther King jr was assinated and across the street is the rooming house where the shooter shoot MLK and you can tour that also. They have the actual room where MLK stayed and the balcony where he was... More

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