2. National Civil Rights Museum – Lorraine Motel
This museum offers an amazing insight into the struggle for civil rights over five centuries, showcased with over 40 new films, oral histories, 260 artifacts, and interactive media and external listening posts that guide visitors through its history from the beginning of the resistance during slavery, the country’s Civil War, the rise of Jim Crow and so much more, noting the events that shaped and inspired the future. The exhibitions include programs such as The Rise of Jim Crow, Standing Up by Sitting Down, The Year They Walked, and more, together with the opportunity to stand outside the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. spent his final moments. This really is a wonderful learning experience for all the family. The Museum is free to Tennessee residents on Mondays from 3pm and active military members anytime. Both require ID.