MEMPHIS, TN – June 15, 2020 – The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel will welcome visitors back on July 1 after temporarily closing 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.
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 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday with Free Period for Tennessee residents 3-6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The Museum will remain closed on Tuesdays and temporarily on Sundays. Admission pricing remains the same, and tickets can be purchased at civilrightsmuseum.org starting Thursday, June 18 for tickets for July 1 and after. 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.
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 museum will monitor updates by health officials to ensure the safety of its employees and guests. Museum events and programs are cancelled or will be hosted virtually until further notice.
For more information, visit www.civilrightsmuseum.org.
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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