• National Civil Rights Museum - Memphis, Tennessee

      National Civil Rights Museum
      Photo by Dennis Goza
      The Lorraine Motel was thrust into the history books in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on its balcony. A wreath now marks the spot where he stood, but otherwise the exterior looks the same, down to the vintage automobiles in front. But the interior of the building, and the expansion adjoining it, pays tribute to Dr. King and chronicles his assassination as well as key events in the history of civil rights over four centuries.

      If you go:
      Closed on Tuesdays. Tennessee residents admitted free on Mondays after 3:00 p.m. You may encounter Jacqueline Smith outside. She was a tenant at the motel at the time of the assassination, and has been protesting the museum since its opening because she claims it exploits Dr. King.


      450 Mulberry Street
      Memphis, Tennessee 38103 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Museum Office
      +1 (901) 521-9699

      Comments 2 Comments
      1. Palladio's Avatar
        Palladio -
        The description above does not do justice to this excellent museum. We visited in April 2014 from the UK shortly after it had reopened after an extensive remodelling. The whole family including our grandchildren not only enjoyed the visit but learnt a great deal about the civil rights movement and the fatal day MLK was assassinated. A must see in Memphis.
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        You are right, of course, but these mini-articles are limited by the size of the article and so the writers can't really share too much about any one place. These are derived from the entries on the RTA Custom Mapping application and are therefore limited to a finite number of characters.

        So, we really appreciate your additional comments!