This is a complex of museums and historic buildings controlled and administered by the Civil rights Society. The museum and buildings are the symbols of the Civil Rights Movement from the 17th century to the present. The place is significant also because Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in front of this motel.
The first hotel here was a 16 room accommodation that was meant mostly to serve the up level Black clients. The place was from the very initial days the location for low scale Black residents and so the movement could gain force over here. The hotel was not only for guests but also for residents, who were mostly workers here. The last resident here was a black woman named Jaqueline Smith who used to be a house keeper here. It is known that she had locked herself in her room and had to be evicted after she was dismissed from work.
- There are loud speakers inside the museum for better hearing.
- Audio guides are available in the museum.
- The exhibits on the racial equality movement are the most remarkable.
- $14 for seniors and students with ID.
- $12 for children from 4- 17 years.
- Free for 3 years and under.
- Free for members.
- Bus number 39 till Second @ Butler
- Happy Mexican
- South of Beale
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11 AM - 12 PM
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You have to go here. Someone said I would need like 4-5 hours to really read everything... it was so true, I had three hours but I wish I could have taken my time even more! There was just so much I didn't know and so much that moved me and educated me to have better discussions about human rights and civil rights. I feel incredibly blessed to have had the chance to go there. And its just such a cool place, they did a great job displaying the information - it really is a museum with so much to see!
Great historic site. Close to some great eateries. Wonderful experience. There is a lot of history to take in. Definitely get there early and take your time. Also visit the exhibit across the street.
This is a wonderful museum with a very comprehensive history of the civil rights movement in this country as well as a complete history of slavery in general. There is a wealth of fabulous photographs and videos and many excellent exhibits. There is so much well written text to read that to take advantage of it all requires a fair amount of time.
My visit to the National Civil Rights Museum was so impactful. The museum itself was beautiful and interactive. I learned so much, and I will be thinking about my visit for a long time. If you plan on visiting the museum, I would definitely recommend setting aside a good portion of your day. There is so much to see and learn!
This was my 1st time visiting and I was BLOWN AWAY! I came out a different person. I have learned about Dr. King in school and from books but never in-depth like this. The way the museum captured critical details of the civil rights movement is amazing. Toward the end of the museum I was in tears. This is a divine place and EVERYONE should visit here at least once in their life. It will change your life. Pricing was fair and the lines moved quickly. Parking was easy and even though it was crowded the staff eased the crowds through the museum gracefully so everyone had ample time to admire the exhibits. I will definitely be back and plan on bringing more people to share this experience