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“Take lots of time for this”

National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
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$75.00*
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African American Heritage Self-Guided Tour With Transportation
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African American History Tour of Memphis - Overview Tour
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Ranked #1 of 159 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.
Reviewed April 26, 2008

The information provided was so extensive that it took my mom, sister, and me ages to get through a room - as it should be, except the museum closed before we could get through all of it. We had to run through the 1970's til present exhibits just to get our cameras back in time.

The rooms are arranged by time period, starting with the history of slavery in North America, and running until the present day. If you're mostly interested in the civil rights movement of the 21st century, you might want to not linger at every stop in the first few rooms as we did - unless of course you have a lot more time.

I learned quite a few new things and enjoyed enhancing what I already knew from these exhibits. And being where Dr. King was shot was sobering. It felt like sacred ground.

I highly recommend visiting this museum to anyone in the Memphis area.

5  Thank pamyllia
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Reviewed April 8, 2008

My wife and I rolled into Memphis in the mid-afternoon while on our drive from NYC to SF. The fact that Martin Luther King, Jr's anniversary of his death was the day before, it was not the reason we wanted to visit this site. It was a toss-up between seeing Graceland (Elvis digs) or the Lorraine Motel, and MLK won hands down. This museum is incredible and is so beautifully done. The price to get in (adult) was $12.50 and worth every penny! If you're in Memphis, go take a look and emerse yourself in a shameful part of American history, but an educational one, as well. DO NOT MISS THIS MUSEUM!

4  Thank johnnySF
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Reviewed March 20, 2008

I would definitely not recommend a family with young children going here, as there is a lot of reading. It is all very interesting and informational though. You really learn a lot about how bad people were treated and how much Martin Luther King, Jr did to try and put an end to it.

3  Thank blueyedsweety28
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Reviewed June 30, 2007

This was a high priority sight for us, so we got there at opening time (9am) on our first day. They weren't open. It was almost 15 minutes before they opened the door. Then they still weren't ready. It was another 10 minutes before they were ready to show us the "welcome" movie and then, when they let us in the theatre, it was already running!

We did the audio tour and found it was much too long. The quality was excellent, but hard to manage if you didn't want as much detail. If you "got lost" there was no information as to what numbers to enter the audio player to get back on track. The museum is mostly walk and read. With one exception, none of the few interactive displays worked! The part that's in the Lorraine Motel is clearly aging. The part across the street is obviously newer.

There is NO place to sit down to rest tired feet or backs.

I'm glad we went, but I would not do the audio and would have moved through it in much less than the 2+ hours it took. The displays in the room where King was killed were moving in their "being there" feel.

9  Thank anneofthieves
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Reviewed June 15, 2007

We arrived on a Tuesday, the only day the Museum is closed. We could park for free, and walk to and see the Balcony where Dr King was shot. On a side note, the cars below the room are not authentic, we found out they were put there for atmosphere.
Be sure to speak to Jacqueline Smith who is on a non-stop protest of the museum, right across the street. This is a very interesting woman who has her own ideas about why the location for this Museum (where Dr King was murdered) is wrong.
Even on a Tuesday when the Museum was closed, we still got to show our kids this important place in American History.

2  Thank classicdj
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