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Review of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
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The National Civil Rights Museum and History Combo Tour
Ranked #1 of 152 things to do in Memphis
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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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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“So Moving and Sad”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

Located at the Lorraine Motel which still has the section of the motel where a wreath hangs near Room 306 where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assasinated. The museum in the motel was closed for renovations but the museum across the street was open. Just fascinating to read and see all the materials collected. The facts presented were in a chronological order leaving questions running through your head throughout the visit. Looking across the street from this museum to the balcony of the hotel was very eerie. This should never have happened but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr made such a difference and impact on civil rights. A must when visiting Memphis.

Visited November 2012
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“Incredibly moving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

Went to Memphis as a tourist to visit Sun studios, Stax, Graceland, etc.
I am ashamed now to say only visited the Civil rights museum as an afterthought. The most memorable day of my visit to Memphis, I think it should be compulsory viewing for every visitor to this City.

Visited July 2012
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Make sure you include this in your visit to Memphis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

This was our second visit to Memphis and one reason for returning was to re-visit this museum. For anyone who was alive in the 60’s it provides a chilling reminder of what happened on this spot. The museum is well laid out and provides a fantastic amount of information about the civil rights movement and it’s struggles in the latter part of the 20th Century. It doesn’t just focus upon the death of Martin Luther King, but also covers the whole history of movement including a brilliant exhibit about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus protests. The way they cover the MLK assassination is excellent as well. You must also remember to allow time to make the trip across the road to visit the house from where the shots were fired (all included in the ticket). The analysis of what happened and what appeared to lay behind it is fascinating. If we ever return to Memphis again we’ll definitely return to this museum for a third time as there is so much to take in!

Visited September 2012
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“Thoughtful and respectful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is a must on any stop to Memphis! I learned so much and cannot believe the bravery of so many! The video at the beginning is not to be missed.

Visited October 2012
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New Orleans, LA
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“history the day after the election”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

we felt it was important to go after all the drama of election day. it reminded us how far we have come, but how much farther we have to go.

Visited November 2012
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