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National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum is a significant site in American history, located in the former Lorraine Motel in Memphis, United States. This is the place where the renowned American civil rights activist Martin Luther King was assassinated in April 1968. The museum stands as a testament to the civil rights movement and the life and legacy of Martin Luther King.

Establishment and Renovation

The museum was opened to the public in September 1991. It was purchased by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation in December 1982 and underwent significant renovations before opening. The transformation of the former motel into a museum is a testament to the enduring legacy of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

Permanent Exhibition

The permanent exhibition in the museum provides a comprehensive overview of the struggle for civil rights of African Americans. It traces the journey from the arrival of the first black slaves in the British colonies in 1619 to the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. This exhibition offers a deep insight into the history of civil rights in the United States.

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ENNational Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

History & Anthropology  History & Anthropology

National Civil Rights Museum
Mulberry Street 450
TN 38103 Memphis

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Opening hours

9:00 – 17:00
Tuesday Closed
9:00 – 17:00
9:00 – 17:00
9:00 – 17:00
9:00 – 17:00
9:00 – 17:00


0 – 4Free
5 – 17$15.00
Active MilitaryFree
College Students$16.00


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Mulberry Street 450, Memphis

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