The National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) marks the place of one of the major moments in the struggle of our nation for human rights. The museum first opened its doors in 1991. It was built on the site of the historical Lorraine Motel where, in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It had since welcomed thousands of visitors annually and expanded its facilities and exhibit content.
Seasons OpenWinter, Summer, Spring, Fall
Hours OpenMonday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday Closed Wednesday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
FeesAdult $15.00 Seniors & Students w/ID $14.00 Children 4–17 years $12.00 3 and under Free Members Free
The expansion of the event room on the north side of the building contains a glass wall. The glass wall allows for more natural lighting, views of the city skyline, and reduce heat consumption.
The finishes were selected with sustainability in mind. All materials contain recycled content. The paints and solvents do not contain VOC, and utilize locally sourced materials. For example, the tile and carpet are made from recycled materials. The wood floors in the exhibit areas were salvaged from local structures that were being demolished. LED lighting was used throughout the entire museum to reduce energy and lower costs.
The State of Tennessee owns the Lorraine Motel structure, but the museum is run by a local non-profit organization: The Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation, dba National Civil Rights Museum. The IRS has designated the museum as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. The Tennessee Historical Commission has designated the Lorraine Motel as an historic site.
Pet Friendly Notes
Animals are not allowed in the museum, except for service animals.