National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, Memphis

#2 of 169 in Historic Sites in Tennessee
Must see · Monument · History Museum
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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  • Similar to the Book Depository in Dallas, the area looks smaller but the message is bigger than you expect. A nice job showcasing a very important part of our history.  more »
  • Its a piece of history. The area around the museum is hip and lots of neat bars and restos. Great exhibits and really something to see it in front of you ( after seeing black and white pics all...  more »
  • A museum everyone should try to experience and learn from... if we did, this country would be in a better place than it is now. So much history, and so well displayed. Took about 3.5 hrs to go through both museum sections.. and could easily go longer if you really stop, read, and listen to each area. I really loved learning more about the Brown vs Board of Ed legal process.
  • Everyone needs to visit here. It is so impactful. Much different than just learning about the events in a classroom. The displays are done magnificently. Definately allow a full morning or afternoon here to take in everything. You need at least 2 -3 hours if not more. Excellent stop in Memphis and well worth the time and money!!

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