National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Kristi V
    35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    VERY MOVING
    I had been to this museum years before and I loved it, but this time, it was way too crowded. Even though you were given a certain time to enter, 2 large bus groups showed up and the museum was too crowded. I couldn't read the exhibits. I was disappointed in the crowds but the museum is very moving and educational.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Lettie J
    Los Angeles, California17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excelkent
    Though it was sad to see, the experience was welcomed. Great job on preserving history and paying homage to a man that means so much to many. The museum attached to the hotel was a great idea!!! Fight on!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Karrie M
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A necessary experience for all Americans
    Very moving. I found myself overcome with emotion and trying to hold back tears for the entire time we were there. The stations were powerful and so well done. There was so much to take in! A must-see to learn about the extraordinary people who fought for freedom with their lives.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2023
  • craig1086
    Atlanta, Georgia929 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Best Museums in the Country
    Came here in a Sunday morning. It's a nice, somber site with a wealth of history. The outside has placards to give you the info that you need on the day MLK was assassinated. There's a reef on the balcony where MLK was shot. Now that COVID has eased, you can go inside and tour the actual museum. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $16 for seniors. Military personnel are free. There was so much info inside on the Civil Rights Movement, that you'll spend a few hours here. Definitely worth the price of admission. Also, their parking is free!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Claverdon_traveller
    Claverdon, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary. If you do one thing in Memphis, do this
    Extraordinary. The blurb says to allow approx 1.5 hrs on average for your visit - we took 3.5 hrs and rushed the last hour or so - and we had no particular knowledge of, or interest in, the subject. It is a truly comprehensive explanation of the struggle of black people in USA, from the days of transporting slaves from Africa to the modern day, and focusing on the life of Martin Luther King jr. You come out with an understanding of what happened in history, and (to a certain extent) why/how. You cannot fail to be moved by it. I left the building feeling angry; my wife left in tears. If you do one thing in Memphis, do this. It is a really well-presented and informative exhibition.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Aimee A
    Longview, Texas18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spend the Afternoon! Worth It!
    WOW! Information overload in a powerful way! Pls to spend your morning and/or afternoon here as you will want to have time to read each exhibit. This museum is powerful & should not be missed by anyone. We need to always remember our past so we do not repeat it.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Roloboo
    Vancouver, Canada16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see for everyone!!
    I have never spent so much time in a museum and still could have spent more time. It is so well done and so informative. It was an emotional roller coaster, but totally worth it! Everyone should spend some time at this museum. It is worth more than 5 stars!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Betty L
    Chicago, Illinois43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    "An Excellent Opportunity to Step Back into our History"
    A monumental museum that should be visited by every American citizen. It is the actual setting of the assassination, that allows the visitor to sense the situation as it occurred decades ago. The gift shop/book store is full of important articles that stress the importance of a period in our national history that should never be forgotten.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Debbie doo
    Dumfries, United Kingdom536 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Emotional
    Only passed and stopped in a coach this time at the Lorraine hotel . Very emotional to think Martin Luther king stepped out and was going to a friends house . Unfortunately did not happen . Definitely worth experiencing.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Joshua R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very much recommend
    My name is Audrey, I am 14. This museum is one of the best museums I have ever been to. I got to see a lot of stuff that I already knew, but I also learned some stuff that I didn’t know before! The timeline went through the civil war and was focused a lot on Jim Crow. It was a very powerful experience and I really enjoyed learning all about what happened and I really enjoyed just being at the hotel. If you are in Memphis, I recommend visiting.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 June 2023
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MTMHampshire
554 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This museum has a huge amount to see and to see everything will take a long time. However, with 1.5 - 2 hours you can see a lot and get a good overview. If you don’t have time it is worth going there to see the location and from the outside you can see the balcony where MLK was shot. I would have liked a map or way of knowing where you were in the museum as you are not really clear where you are in relation to the full set of exhibits.
Written 12 April 2024
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janetdarlenexo
Moreno Valley, CA116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This was a really place to experience. Staff was very nice and its really well kept. 100% recommend to visit if in the area
Written 2 April 2024
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Katie S
San Diego, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A must see to learn the unflattering history of this country. Well done with lots of information and interactive exhibits. Observing where MLK left this world was sobering.
Written 30 March 2024
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK1,085 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
I visited in 2017 Unfortunately I didn't have time to visit inside but just being in the surrounding area and seeing the Lorraine motel and location where Martin Luther King jr was assassinated is a moment I will never forget, it literally took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. I hope one day I have the opportunity to go back and visit the museum.
Written 22 March 2024
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Tiffany A
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is really well told history of african americans in the US. I am a white woman and found it just so impactful and made me a little ashamed to be the race i am. I think everyone should go to this museum and experience it, it was really great. would go again.
Written 21 March 2024
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Renee G
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My husband and I visited here just over 1 before closing time. It was the only time we could visit and we are so glad that we did. It museum was very informative and being from Australia, we had no idea of all the history and what went on many years ago. We liked the way the museum was set out and all the information provided. There was lots of reading but I can understand why. The MLK section toward the end of the museum was emotional. Highly recommend if you’re in Memphis.
Written 18 March 2024
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Dave G
Charlotte, NC120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This does not need a big description. Everyone who can should go to this museum. Very well done, excellent, helpful staff and incredible exhibits. There is always something to learn. If you visit Memphis this should be a required visit.
Written 18 March 2024
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Darcy C
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
SOOO much information. The museum is well presented but we were on overload by the time we left. It is just so much to take in. The experience starts with the review of early slavery and weaves its way thru time portraying the events, leaders and history of civil rights. As kind of expected due to the museum's proximity to the Lorraine Motel and the monumental struggle to gain equality for black Americans, while the museum indicates "Civil Rights", the museum focuses primarily on the history of Civil Rights of black Americans, the Constitution, and application of the Civil Rights Amendments in America. Do not expect to see a lot of material about Civil Rights of Native Americans or the Civil Rights struggles of other ethnic groups or minorities. There were several displays that were immersive in nature - kind of a deep reach into your soul. Overall, this was a museum worth visiting. Expect to spend a lot of time reading and walking around although there are seats and short movie clips throughout the museum. Take what you need and leave the rest as it is a lot to absorb in just a few hours' time. We were there about 2 hours and could have easily spent 4 or 5.
Written 5 March 2024
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PossumCath
Auckland, New Zealand31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This visit was worth coming to the USA for. It was both gutting and insightful, explained a lot about the US. An outstanding museum. Visitors should prepare to be moved, wrenched by emotion, and unable to forget. Strongly recommended for everyone, probably most especially US citizens.
Written 3 March 2024
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Katherine W
Cork, Ireland128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited this museum during our recent trip to Nashville. We thought it was really well done in every way. It explained the struggle for equality and justice excellently. There was so much information available and it was presented in an educational, informative and, on occasion, interactive manner. We were delighted that we close to visit this centre / museum.
Written 1 March 2024
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