National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, Memphis

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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.
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  • This museum was amazing. Art, music, history and the price was very reasonable. Really beautifully done. We were there almost three hours. 
    This museum was amazing. Art, music, history and the price was very reasonable. Really beautifully done. We were there almost three hours.  more »
  • I really want to give five reviews, but I am very influenced by my first impression of a place or person and the staff at the security station were pretty rude and that is basically how you are... 
    I really want to give five reviews, but I am very influenced by my first impression of a place or person and the staff at the security station were pretty rude and that is basically how you are...  more »
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  • Worth every penny. Underestimated how long and thorough this museum would be. It was physically and mentally exhausting so I recommend giving yourself time to go through it and also something fun and dumb to do after to decompress but absolutely worth it. Seldom have I been to a museum that so artfully combined visual, auditory and written information to convey such a variety of emotions. Incredibly well done. Staff was awesome as well.
  • Awesome and very detailed about history. A lot to read and learn, but super worth it. It's free on Mondays from 3pm to closing if you have TN ID except on certain holidays. Free parking. Great on King Holiday as long as you go early. You can bring canned goods for discount or donate blood and family of 4 get in free. The food, music, events for children and the big tent of local businesses and groups of Memphis are awesome as well. You get to learn about all the things that are taking place and learn about different organizations. Often times very cold, but coffee and hot chocolate is provided too.

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