National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
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09:00 - 17:00
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09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
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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.
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  • AnnMarie E
    33 contributions
    Exemplary Compilation
    Wow! What a well thought out and presented museum. I would definitely plan on spending more than one day if you can. Reasons for that are there is SO much material to look at, along with the fact that is it quite emotionally exhausting. I really enjoyed the mix of media that the museum offered to keep things fresh.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 12 December 2022
  • Craig A
    Toronto, Canada170 contributions
    A must see if you are in Memphis
    A must see if you are in Memphis. I thought I knew about the struggle for human rights in the US but there is a lot I realize I didnt know. Laid out very well. You get to the end of the museum and you realize you are feet away from where MLK was killed, very sobering. There is an exhibit across the street in the rooming house that details the search for his assasin.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 18 December 2022
  • DTBinFWD
    Friendswood, Texas137 contributions
    A Very Well Done and Informative Museum
    This Museum is a short walk from the Beale Street Area. The museum is somber, enlightening, informative, emotional and something that everyone should see. It sets up the entire civil rights movement from its history beginning in Africa and carries it through to today. Amazing to see burned-out Freedom Riders bus, and the Rosa Parks bus. The MLK room at the Lorraine is just as you would remember it from the photos from the assassination.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 21 December 2022
  • Emily M
    United States1,328 contributions
    Highlight of Memphis
    This was the highlight of Memphis for us. Very moving, lots of history. Some sections were crowded, but overall, not too bad. We ended up walking to Beale Street and I Am A Man memorial from there, not a terribly long walk. Highly recommend.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 26 December 2022
  • snapshotsofzen
    Denver, Colorado216 contributions
    Every American should see
    Every American should go here. Unfortunately, we only had an hour so had to rush through to see everything before they closed. I would recommend spending 2 to 3 hours if you are interested in reading all the exhibits and watching the videos. It was so moving and somber to walk through and see the room in the Lorraine hotel. The National Civil Rights Museum is a must see if you are in Memphis.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2023
  • Becky L
    Sullivan, Illinois214 contributions
    Incredible, thoughtful, and moving museum - People need to visit this place!
    When planning a recent trip to Memphis, going to this museum was one of the few things that was on my must-do list. I am so glad that we went. I love museums and have been to many great ones. I will add this museum to my list of incredibly powerful museums (The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the 9/11 Museum, and several others). The exhibits are beautiful, informative, and well-organized; the flow throughout the museum is logical and very accessible; the videos and audios good; the staff members are polite and helpful, and museum is thought-provoking and poignant. I was sad, and I was angry while I was there. I was also hopeful and motivated. I learned a lot as well. This is an important museum for people to visit, and I hope people will take the time to visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 4 January 2023
  • Lauren
    4 contributions
    Leave plenty of time
    I was so moved by the exhibits in this museum. The chronological layout provides context for each event, showing the long and important history of the civil rights movement. Leave plenty of time, at least 3 hours, maybe more, if you plan to read and experience the totality of the exhibits and register the emotional impact of being next to the balcony where MLK was shot, and across the street, being just outside the bathroom from which James Earl Ray took the fatal shot.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 8 January 2023
  • Cheesy30
    Liverpool, United Kingdom314 contributions
    A journey back in time
    This was so much more than I thought it would be. Firstly, they have maintained the Lorraine Motel as it was on that awful day, you really get to go back in time. The museum itself is very informative and has been done very well. I would recommend at least 3 hours are set aside to take everything in. It is good to be aware this museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 January 2023
  • Brandon C
    Charlotte, North Carolina5 contributions
    MLK WEEKEND 2023
    Very emotional to be there. I went on Martin Luther Kings birthday & you can feel his presence. It’s a moment in time to go to a place that’s held in time by such a tragic moment !! It’s truly a sight to see!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 January 2023
  • havanadaydreamer
    Knoxville, Tennessee88 contributions
    A bit overwhelming; but definitely worth the trip
    With the exception of the MLK rooms, the motel has been gutted and replaced with civil rights movement memorabilia. The amount of information and reading is a bit overwhelming. It would take you DAYS to read everything, but you definitely get the message. The MLK motel room and balcony, and sniper nest across the street, is sad to see.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 6 February 2023
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Tink B
Naples, FL3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Everyone should go to this museum. So much I never knew. The museum is actually in the hotel that Martin Luther King was staying at. The ones who created this museum did a wonder job. The room Martin Luther King stayed in was left just the way it was many years ago. This museum is one for all to visit. Our favorite of all.
Written 5 December 2023
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Lee S
Cincinnati, OH257 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Anyone around when MLK was assassinated can't help but pause and reflect as you enter the motel's parking lot. From there on each step was an experience of the continued heroes of civil rights. As a white man it stirred my soul and challenged my naivety and disregard to the struggles inherent in power and privilege.
Written 3 December 2023
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GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada2,232 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This spot is memorable for the wrong reason as this is the location where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968.
Regardless, it is a place that has to be seen. They do a good job of telling the horrific story.
Written 28 November 2023
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Carly C
4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is an absolute must see for everyone visiting Memphis or the south in general.
It was a powerful education, don’t leave it out, it’s to important.
Written 19 November 2023
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Ellen28
New York City, NY1,001 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I found this museum to be incredibly moving and well done. I think this is a must in Memphis. I probably spent about 90 minutes going through.
Written 18 November 2023
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Tricia T
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Couples
Front door staff rude. Not kind or polite to visitors. Definitely a turn off for visitors. Staff needs to attend a class for public service.
Written 18 November 2023
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Soniat s
Birmingham, AL34 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a moving, informative look at the history of the struggle for civil rights in the US. We were glad to be able to visit especially at a time when the hard-fought rights seem to be under threat.
Written 18 November 2023
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Betty J
21 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a must see on anyone's list so much history. This was my first visit but it won't be my last. I'm from the city of Albany and they had an entire section on Albany Georgia a lot of the people I knew that were displayed and their accomplishment.
Written 17 November 2023
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PHILIP R
47 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
What a truly humbling experience this was, learning so much about Civil Rights in the USA and this long, but still unfinished journey. We learned so much about the tragic events of the past and how African Americans were galvanized by Dr King and many others. It is very fitting that the museum is built around the motel where he was assassinated.
There is much to learn here for all nationalities, but you are informed and not preached to. Whilst certainly not perfect, we are lucky here in the UK that we have not travelled such a tragic past.
Here you get a real history lesson which should not be missed. The museum is located halfway between Beale Street and the Train Station.
Written 6 November 2023
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nickswlon
Teddington, UK470 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is an absolute must-see when visiting Memphis. It is a well laid out museum with loads of poignant, emotional exhibits and testimonies. I could have so much more time here but it really is a museum which requires two or more shorter visits to take it all in. I commend and salute everyone who has put this museum together.
Written 4 November 2023
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