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National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

The National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) was opened in 1991 at the site of the Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on the human rights movement worldwide, through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs.
From 1968-1982 the businesses for the Lorraine Motel languished and in 1982 the property was foreclosed. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation initiated efforts to save the Lorraine Motel and later purchased the property for $144,000.

In 1987 the Lorraine Civil Rights Foundation broke ground for what is now the National Civil Rights Museum. In September 28, 1991 the Museum opened in what was once the Lorraine Motel.

The Museum currently occupies 4 acres of land, encompassing 40,000 square feet. It chronicles the history of the civil rights movements: 1600’s - present. The facility includes a Museum Shop, Gallery, Auditorium, 19 Exhibit halls, 2 Multi-purpose Rooms, Archives and Library.

Beale Street

It first rang out over the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. It migrated to the streets and clubs of Memphis. It went on to influence the sound of music all over the world. Memphis is the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll. And it all starts here on Beale Street.

Visit and Shop at the Beale Street Night Market. Fridays, after 5 pm; Saturdays & Sundays after Noon. Experience Beale Street's own bazaar: live music, open-air market in the heart of Downtown Memphis!

Elvis' Birthplace

Where it all began...The Birthplace of Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi is the only location in the world where you can see, feel and touch where the King of Rock & Roll began his musical journey.

Only in Tupelo can you walk into the room where he breathed his first breath, take a stroll to his favorite location as a boy to relax looking over Tupelo, and see first hand how it all shaped this young boy from Mississippi into the international rock & roll music legend he is today.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1952 as the Memphis Sinfonietta, and has since grown to be one of the more than thirty regional symphony orchestras performing in the United States. The first concert of that premiere season was performed by an orchestra of twenty-one selected musicians under the direction of Founder and Conductor Emeritus Vincent de Frank. Overwhelming public response to the Sinfonietta prompted the formation of the Memphis Orchestral Society, Inc. as its sponsoring organization. The orchestra performed at the Goodwyn Institute until 1958, when the growing orchestra and audience relocated to the Vincent de Frank Music Hall in downtown Memphis (renamed in de Frank’s honor in 1981). As a result of this expansion, in 1960 the name of the Sinfonietta was officially changed to The Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The Vincent de Frank Music Hall was the principal performance venue of the Symphony until November of 1996. The program of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been one of steady growth in both quality and scope, fueled by volunteer commitment and diverse annual fundraising.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is dedicated to enriching the diverse community of the Mid-South through the Museum’s expanding collections, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs.

Located in the heart of Memphis, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, is a dynamic cultural complex consisting of: 29 galleries, art classrooms, a print study room with over 4,500 works of art on paper, a research library with over 5,000 volumes, and an auditorium. Housed in part in the original Beaux-arts style building, a registered U.S. National Landmark, the Brooks’ facilities also include the Brooks Museum Store, the acclaimed Brushmark Restaurant, the Holly Court garden, and a grand terrace that overlooks the greens and trees of Memphis’ Overton Park.