What is the National Civil Rights Museum?

Through the Years: Martin Luther King Jr.

The National Civil Rights Museum opened in 1991 and houses exhibits and historic collections that chronicle the fight for civil rights in America. The museum is on the site of the Lorraine Motel where King was shot and killed.

In 2013-2014, the center underwent a $27.5 million renovation, adding more than 40 films, oral histories and interactive media exhibits.

Here is some information about the museum.

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Where is it?

The museum is at 450 Mulberry St. in downtown Memphis. It’s built around the old Lorraine Motel.

When is it open?

Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Tuesdays, when the museum is closed.

Ticket information:

Tickes to the National Civil Rights Museum can be purchased online. Visit the museum’s website for current ticket price information.


The museum houses both permanent exhibits and special exhibits. Learn more about what to see and do by visiting the museum’s exhibitions page.