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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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Paris,Tn
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The neighborhood was not as bad as I thought it might be .security guards around. Easy parking. You are right there where it happened. Thank goodness someone had the good sense to save it

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atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

It was interesting and a step back in time. The exhibits were well done and we enjoyed walking through the museum. I really liked how they kept the front of the Lorraine Motel, where MLK was shot.

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were totally blown away with the class, humility and pride in which this museum was presented. We had some idea of course of the history of torment and persecution of the African American people but the extent was mind boggling to us. Unyielding determination and optimism though were the sentiments we took away with us from... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This museum is an absolute must-see when you're in Memphis. It's the actual hotel where MLK was assassinated and they kept the hotel frontage and attached a huge and absolutely amazing museum to it. The room where he slept is still there and you can view it. There is so much to see at the museum regarding the whole civil... More

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you care about American history, you will appreciate seeing this museum that was originally the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr was shot. It has reverently preserved the room and balcony where it happened. But the museum also demonstrates the history of slavery, the efforts to fight for equality and who the heroes of the movement were and... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It is amazing what they have done with this memorial which was inspired and centred around the murder location of Dr King, but also educates and timelines the struggles of all coloured people in American history. Really special experience. My 11 year old son loved it and has mentioned that it has been a high point of our travels in... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Having lived through the 60s civil rights movement, it brought everything back to my mind. It is laid out well and chronological. Great historical pictures. User friendly.

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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A definite stop. The quality of the museum, the staff all outstanding. We did not schedule enough time and we regret not doing more homework on the museum. Will go again if ever in the area.

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Smyrna, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

On a recent trip first time trip to Memphis, we decided to visit the museum. Everything is presented in a first class way, with a painful story told in a very moving way. Standing in a place that I had seen many times in documentaries and realizing the loss that took place there was a very sobering moment. My only... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I visited Memphis on an early rock 'n roll and soul music pilgrimage and happened to be walking around town and accidentally came upon the famous/notorious Lorraine Motel, looking exactly as it did in 1968. Like a moth to flame, I went into the Museum with neutral expectations, and left, profoundly moved.

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