Memphis National Civil Rights Museum Tours

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Built around the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum immediately emits its cultural and historical significance to all who visit. Exhibits chronicle some of the most important episodes of the Civil Rights Movement, including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Little Rock Nine, Montgomery Bus Boycotts, and the famous sit-ins of the 1960s.

The Basics
Both the historical importance of the place and the material displayed within make the National Civil Rights Museum a must for better understanding this tumultuous part of American history. As one of the most meaningful attractions in Memphis, the museum can be visited a number of ways. Many sightseeing tours, particularly American Civil Rights and history tours, include a stop here, while other tours combine the museum with visits to sites such as the Stax Museum of American Soul Music or the Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Travelers who'd rather move at their own pace can visit independently or on a self-guided tour of the city’s many African American heritage sites.
  • This site is a must-see for history buffs.
  • Give yourself a minimum of two hours to experience the museum exhibits.
  • Flash-free photography is permitted.
  • Much of the museum is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get to the Memphis National Civil Rights Museum
The museum is situated in the South Main District in downtown Memphis, a short drive from most of the city’s other attractions. Free parking is available in a guest lot off Mulberry Street. It’s also a short walk from the Main Street Trolley line.

When to Get There
The National Civil Rights Museum is closed on Tuesdays and most major U.S. holidays. During the summer season between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, opening hours are extended in the evenings. On weekdays, school groups tend to arrive in the morning, so planning a visit for later in the afternoon can mean shorter lines and fewer crowds.

What to See Beyond the Lorraine
Many visitors tour the portion of the museum housed within the Lorraine Motel and leave, but they’re missing out. Across Mulberry Street from the motel, the Young & Morrow and Boarding House buildings from (where the assassin’s shot was allegedly fired) house the Legacy exhibits, which cover a timeline of the American Civil Rights movement and a look at the movement’s effect on global human rights.
Location
Address: 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103-4214, USA
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Hours: Mon, Wed–Sat: 9am–5pm (opens at 1pm on Sun)
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Memphis City Tour with Optional Graceland Admission

Explore the top attractions in Memphis on this narrated, 3-hour sightseeing tour along the Mississippi River. See landmark locations like the Memphis Pyramid, now a Bass Pro Shops “megastore” with shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley and an archery range; the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and much more. Upgrade to include entry to Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley. A Memphis hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this tour.
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Memphis Mojo Music Bus Tour

Shake, rattle and roll through Memphis on this guided, 90-minute musical bus tour around the home of the blues. Local musicians lead the way on a fun-loving ride through musical Memphis, complete with live music and tambourines, shakers and bongos for all to enjoy. Visit historic Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America, plus Stax Studio, the Lorraine Motel and much more. Upgrade to include admission to Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll and the most famous recording studio in the world.
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Memphis City Tour and Riverboat Cruise

While visiting Memphis, take a guided sightseeing tour of downtown then board a paddlewheel boat for a cruise on the Mississippi River. See all that Memphis has to offer, including Beale Street and the former mansions of the Victorian Village neighborhood. This seasonal combo tour operates March–November and includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Memphis Discovery Tour including Rock and Soul Museum

Explore downtown Memphis on this guided, comprehensive 3-hour motor coach tour. Learn about the history of this rowdy blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll river town. Visit many of the city’s top attractions, like Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America, the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and much more. Also, enjoy a barbecue lunch, watch the famous duck march at the Peabody Memphis hotel and tour the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum.
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Elvis Presley Childhood Home Tour from Memphis

Visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace on this tour from Memphis to Tupelo, Mississippi, where the singer was born and spent his childhood. With your entrance to the site, you'll see the humble 2-room house and learn about his modest upbringing with his parents.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Memphis Heritage Attraction Pass

Explore civil rights heritage and music history with a money-saving pass to four of the city’s most important destinations. The pass is valid to the end of the calendar year, so you can visit each stop at your own pace. Take in the National Civil Rights Museum, the Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, the Blues Hall of Fame, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, learning about some of America's most remarkable figures along the way.
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City of Memphis Tour

First-time visitors to Memphis appreciate this overview driving tour of the city's key sights. Choose from morning or afternoon departures to see the city's Victorian homes, Beale Street, and Graceland, among other attractions. Stop to visit the famous ducks that make their home at the Peabody Hotel. Round-trip transport from and to your hotel (most mid-south properties) is included.
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