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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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A must see. The history is incredible. The architecture with the Lorraine Motel is brilliant. The museum is very very well done. Everyone needs to see this story. Only odd thing was the section dedicated to James Earl Ray across the street... seemed to be a distraction from the mission of the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Not to be missed. A really well-curated museum spanning the years of the civil rights movement from the days of slavery through contemporary times. There are 2 buildings - one built adjacent to the Lorraine Motel which has been preserved as it was when MLK was assassinated. There are even 2 original 1960s Cadillacs outside the motel. A lot of... More

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Bellaire, Texas
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Very interesting. You should spend some time here while in Memphis. It does take about 1.5 to two hours at least but keeps you interested.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We visited here about 15 years ago and were impressed with the updates/extras made to the exhibits. Was still a very moving experience. Being English we thankfully never had to endure this but I think it is vital to keep this period in history ongoing

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Blue Earth, Minnesota
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Excellent and so glad we visited this high quality museum!! The quality of the displays, videos were outstanding and the museum guides were so knowledgable.

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Canberra
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This was one of the highlights of our trip to the US. Allow a lot of time as there is so much to see and read! An excellent museum and must not be missed on a trip to Memphis! Very thought provoking on how far we all need to go before true equality for all is achieved!!!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

From the beginnings of slavery to the assassination of MLK Jr., the museum overwhelms with sensory input. We spent four hours and barely scratched the surface. Rich in history and personal experiences the displays paint a dramatic saga of passage, often painful and sad. Then steo across the street to see where the shot was fired and the path of... More

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The National Civil Rights Museum is a very well organized and informative musuem. Located poignantly in what used to be the Lorraine Hotel, it tells the story of the Civil Rights movement in film models and actual exhibits of buses and such things as garbage trucks. The museum has preserved the room Martin Luther King stayed in the night before... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum and motel and found it to be a wonderful experience. You could spend hours in the museum, motel, and building across the street getting to feel, firsthand, what it must have been like that tragic day and also to better understand the struggles being experienced during that time period. So much educational and historical information is... More

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Extremely interesting, if somewhat upsetting, if you have children this is a must for their education.

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