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National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry Street Memphis, TN 38103 (901)521-9699

Hours and admission

Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesdays CLOSED
Wednesday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Adult $17.00
Seniors 55+ & Students w/ID $15.00
Children 5-17 years $14.00
4 and under Free
Members, Active U.S. Military Free
Romare Bearden exhibit only $10.00
Bearden exhibit w/museum Add $5.00



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Spawned from the museum's Unpacking Racism for Action Series, members of the community come together to talk about relevant racial issues and the work they are doing.  Listen in on December 11, 2019.


With at least two weeks’ notice, the museum offers complimentary tour guide and sign-language interpretation for hearing-impaired guests.  With 48-hours’ notice, the museum offers complimentary tour guide interpretation for visually-impaired guests.

To arrange a tour guide for hearing or visually impaired guests, contact Guest Services at (901) 521-9699or email These groups are limited to no more than ten people per tour guide.

For hearing-impaired guests, assisted listening devices for the museum’s two main theater experiences and transcripts for audio elements within the exhibitions are available upon request at the admissions desk. All films have open captions at the bottom of the screen.  Trained service animals are welcome to accompany guests who require their assistance due to a disability. All other pets or animals are not permitted in the museum.

Security Screenings

All guests entering the National Civil Rights Museum are subject to a screening process. The National Civil Rights Museum reserves the right to inspect all guest’s packages, purses, backpacks, fanny packs and other bags prior to entering the museum. Sharp objects more than 2.5 inches long, weapons and illegal contraband will not be permitted in the museum. Please leave and secure any unnecessary articles in your vehicle to expedite your entry. Oversize bags brought into the museum must be checked with security. Animals are not allowed in the museum, except for service animals.

Putting Race on the Table

 In a "TedTalk-esque" format, influencers and activated citizens share their lessons to inspire others to get motivated and activated to make a better society for all.  This is a free event on December 11.


King Day 2020

On January 20, 2020, the nation will observe the birthday of civil rights and human rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  On this extended special day, the museum is preparing guest activities to make it a day of service and reflection.


Ernesto Cortes, Jr.

On Thursday, February 6 at 6pm, Ernesto Cortés, Jr. is the museum's Catalyst for Change speaker.  Cortes is the co-director of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) which provides leadership training and civics education to poor and moderate-income people across the US and UK.



Candacy Taylor's book Overground Railroad shows the history of the Green Book, how we arrived at our present historical moment, and how far we still have to go when it comes to race relations in America. The author shares her explorations on February 27.


Upcoming Events

The Museum presents dynamic and engaging programs that educate, inspire, and motivate!

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Romare Bearden: Vision and Activism

Romare Bearden: Vision and Activism presents examples of Bearden’s influences as an artist of social conscience and action. Romare Bearden (1911–1988) recognized as one of the most important visual artists of the 20th century, countered racial stereotypes with images drawn from history, literature, and the free world of his imagination.  Showing June 21, 2019 until January 6, 2020.


Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

combines these two video archives into one interactive exhibit available within a walk-up kiosk. The exhibit runs for multiple years.

Learn more


From the Vault: Collections Blog

Click to check out the latest artifacts and photos From the Vault, our collections blog.

"There lived … a people who had the moral courage to stand up for their rights and thereby they injected a new meaning into the veins of history and of civilization."

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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National Civil Rights Museum News

There’s plenty of history in the making here at the National Civil Rights Museum.

  • 400 Years Later. The Historical Truth. Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    Sometime around August 20, 1619 (the exact date is not known), a ship arrived on the shores of Point Comfort, Virginia with between 20 and 30 Africans…and thus the Inter-Atlantic theft and ens...
  • More #StolenLives Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    MORE #STOLENLIVES When will it be enough? by Terri Lee Freeman President, National Civil Rights Museum In the span of 24 hours America was shaken by the report of two mass shootings r...
  • Museum Receives Top Honor Tuesday, May 7, 2019
    The National Civil Rights Museum is among 10 institutions the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today as recipients of the 2019  National Medal for Museum and Library Servi...