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Review of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

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
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education, City walk sightseeing
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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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“It's a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Nicely done, you must see it! I didn't expect to get so emotional a d I have to say a few days later I am still taking it all in.

They have free parking, you first walk thru a tunnel of information and see a few minutes of a movie about civil rights. Then you take a elevator up to an amazing room filled with all sorts of exhibits from timelines, rooms replicas of James Earl bathroom, his personal items they uncovered you will spend gobs of time reading and observing.

Then you go to the lower level which has people honored for civil rights and a gift shop that has some neat items.

Final is you walk out down a ramp to the actual Lorraine hotel and you can walk up the balcony where Martin Luther Kings room was, and where he was killed. It's interesting, sad, moving you ate visiting Memphis this is a must see!.

Visited March 2013
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“A Worthy Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

It is a worthwhile trip to honour and learn about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. It is easy to get to by trolley car.

Visited March 2013
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“Excellent and emotional place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

It was really interesting walking around, learning about the civil rights move net and seeing the room in which Martin Luther King stayed. The worst part was seeing where the shooter stayed, particularly seeing his view of the motel, there was a sense of evil in the room and I felt the need to get outside as soon as possible after that. It's definitely worth a visit though.

Visited September 2012
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“A powerful and inspirational experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Having lived through the Civil Rights era, it was profoundly affecting to actually see the Lorraine Motel and learn the details of Martin Luther King's assassination. It was positively chilling to look through the window James Earl Ray used to fire his gun. The emotional impact may be greatest for people who remember that horrible day, but younger visitors can learn a lot here. There are clear explanations about Dr. King's work and beliefs and about the development of the civil rights movement. There was also an exhibit of civil rights movements around the world. Despite the horrible discrimination and abuse suffered by many, the exhibit was actually positive and inspirational, in that it celebrated the great leaders who helped to turn things around.

Visited February 2013
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“You have to see this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

It's important to see such a monumental place in our history. It looks exactly like I had seen in pictures, very moving & sad.

Visited March 2013
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