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National Civil Rights Museum

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

Hours and admission

Monday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesdays CLOSED
Wednesday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Adult $16.00
Seniors 55+ & Students w/ID $14.00
Children 5-17 years $13.00
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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event Livestream – Ferguson Then and Now

On August 22, 2019, the museum brings a panel of Ferguson and Memphis activists featuring noted journalist Jimmie Briggs, activist/artist Elizabeth Vega, communications professor Andre E. Johnson, and arts advocate executive director Victoria for a discussion entitled “Ferguson Then and Now: Reflections on the Impact of the Activism that Changed the World” in the 5th anniversary year of the Ferguson, MO uprising.


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.


Freedom Award

The Freedom Award on October 30 is the museum’s signature event that pays tribute to outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to civil and human rights.


Beale Street Dynasty

The book talk with author Preston Lauterbach on August 15  highlights the story of prestigious African-American Memphians including Robert Church, Ida B. Wells, and W.C. Handy.



On August 22, a panel of activists, art professionals and a journalist will discuss what happened on the grounds during the Ferguson, MO civil unrest and what's happened since, during this fifth anniversary year of the killing of Michael Brown.



On September 11, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, scholar, activist and theologian, will dicuss Constellations of Difference: Rethinking Intersectionality.


Museum Releases Two Publications

How Far Have We Come?: Dr. King’s Legacy in the 21st Century compendium and The Poverty Report II are released in response to the question, “Where do we go from here?” posed during the yearlong MLK50 commemoration.


Upcoming Events

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

All Events

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.


Ferguson Voices

The killing of Michael Brown in 2014 sparked outrage and launched a movement. "Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame" features the first-hand experiences of those individuals who witnessed and shaped the Ferguson uprising.  Showing through September 1, 2019.


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.

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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.

  • 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...
    Voter Suppression IS Voter Suppression By Terri Lee Freeman, National Civil Rights Museum President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Acts of 1965 with the intent of el...