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The National Civil Rights Museum. A must do in Memphis, Tennessee.

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National Civil Rights Museum

Why you’ve got to go: Housed in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, this museum chronicles the civil rights movement—from slave times to present day. Board a replica of Rosa Parks’ bus, see lunch counters where sit-ins were held, and view the room and balcony where Dr. King spent his final moments. The exhibitions and introductory film are enlightening and emotional, and guaranteed to spark family discussions about racism and intolerance. Get there when your…

National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis, Tennessee | Atlas Obscura

Lorraine Motel

The National Civil Rights Museum is co-located with the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. From the towering sculpture in the atrium to the last moments in front of MLK’s hotel room, the museum is incredibly well done. A $27.5 million renovation was just last year, making this the most modern museum I’ve visited recently. Multimedia displays such as wall-sized touch screens and dozens of audio interviews bring the civil rights topics alive.

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee

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National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. Photo by Stephen Saks/Getty Images. #Memphis #USA

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Lorraine Motel

The Lorraine Motel---National Civil Rights Museum

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National Civil Rights Museum - Memphis, TN

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National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN

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National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum | Atlas Obscura