A privately owned complex of historical buildings, National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel traces the history of the civil rights movement from the 17th century to the present day. Built around the former hotel where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. occurred in 1968, the complex narrates the story of the African-American struggle for equality. Walk through the museum to explore exhibits chronicling some of the most significant moments in the country's history, including the infamous 1960s bus boycotts and sit-ins. Check the online map for the easiest way to reach the museum from various parts of Memphis, and use the free parking just to the south of the complex. Using our custom trip planner, Memphis attractions like National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel Reviews
Amazingly poignant and absorbing displays. Not an 'easy' visit due to the content of the exhibitions but beautifully displayed with wonderful staff and engaging content. more »
We had visited several years ago and enjoyed our visit. Recent updates make it an even better experience. Worth a trip and time to see this important story told at this significant site. more »
Expansive museum focused on the story of African American civil rights oppression. What is conspicuously absent is the story of Native American civil rights oppression. A National Civil Rights Museum should include this. The museum is very well curated with detailed history and to my delight, a focus that places individual people and their faces in the historical timeline of the civil rights struggle. The museum leads you through the restored hotel rooms in the Lorraine Hotel and to a large window on the balcony where Dr. King was assassinated. The actual place where American history was sadly made and it is chilling. There is an optional part of the tour located across the street into the boarding house where the fatal shot was fired, including views of the balcony and the restored bathroom where the assassin shot Dr. King. The focus of the well curated exhibits on the second floor is on the investigation and conviction of James Earl Ray rather than the story of who this person was. Well worth a visit but plan to spend two hours or more touring the museum. Consider that you could easily return the next day and still learn more. We initially went on a Saturday and there were easily 150 people in line. We returned on Sunday and were able to go right in. Even with no wait the museum was still full. Had we waited in line on Saturday there is no way we could have appreciated what the museum has to offer because it would have been too crowded.
I more so enjoyed the Lady out front protesting the building (possibly because Ive been here a total of 3 times already). She had great information and in sight on whats really going on. However the Museum is very informative and I still would Suggest people to go to learn more about black history and about Dr. Martin Luther King
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