The National Civil Rights Museum Reopens to the Public June 25, 2020

June 18, 2020

Press Release

Memphis, TN, June 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel announced it will welcome visitors back on June 25 after termporarily closing for three months due to the pandemic. Guests are required to purchase timed tickets online prior to visiting the Museum to maintain social distancing and capacity guidelines provided by health officials.

Safety Measures

Staff and guests are required to wear face masks inside the Museum with additional masks provided for guests who arrive without them. Staff will undergo daily temperature checks. Additional hand sanitizer dispensers are posted, and regular disinfection are part of the Museum’s plan to protect everyone’s health. Throughout the Museum, signage and floor markings will help visitors maintain social distancing six feet apart. Water fountains will be disabled. There will be frequent sanitization of high touch areas daily.

Museum Hours and Admission

Initially, Museum hours are adjusted to Monday 9:00am to 6:00pm with Free Period for Tennesse residents from 3:00pm-6:00pm, and Wednesday through Saturday 9:00-5:00pm. The Museum will be remain closed on Tuesdays and temporarily on Sundays. Admission pricing remains the same, and tickets can be purchased at starting Monday, June 15 for tickets for June 25 on. Timed ticketing is scheduled every 20 minutes three times each hour to regulate capacity and social distancing. Use of credit or debit cards instead of cash is encouraged in the Museum Store.


As outlined in the City of Memphis’ Phase III Reopening Plan, the museum initially will maintain 30% capacity, with a maximum flow of 25 guests every 20 minutes. Enclosed areas like restrooms and elevators have a maximum of three people at a time.

Experience Modifications

At least for the first few weeks of reopening, guided tours are limited, but guest services and museum overviews will be staged outdoors in the museum courtyard, weather permitting. Staff also will be strategically placed within exhibits for gallery tours and to assists visitors. Hand held receivers on listening posts will be disabled, but content can be heard via speakers.

“The National Civil Rights Museum experience will remain world class. And given the nation’s current realization that racism is alive and well, a walk through history has more relevance than ever,” said Museum President, Terri Lee Freeman. “Our guests will not be disappointed!”

Photo credit, National Civil Rights Museum.

The museum will monitor updates by health officials to ensure the safety of its employees and guests. Museum events and programs are cancelled or hosted virtually until further notice. For more information, visit

About the National Civil Rights Museum

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from slavery to the present. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 90,000 student visits annually. The Museum is steadfast in its mission to chronicle the American civil rights movement and tell the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. It educates and serves as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change.

A Smithsonian Affiliate and an internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum is recognized as a 2019 National Medal Award recipient by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the top national honor for museums and libraries. It is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 5% U.S. Museum, USA Today’s Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC’s Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.

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