Civil Rights Museum Shows Progress on Renovations

Civil Rights Museum Shows Progress on Renovations

The National Civil Rights Museum is well into phase two of its renovation project of the Lorraine Motel.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The National Civil Rights Museum is well into phase two of its renovation project of the Lorraine Motel.

Museum workers and the architect showed the public Thursday a series of photos and videos of what kind of work has been done so far.

It hasn't been updated or renovated like this in 20 years. The museum's project manager, Tracy Lauritzen, says it was way overdue for an upgrade.

"Every exhibit will be renovated, all the public spaces will be refreshed, and renewed and have finishes, some new visitor amenities, so it'll be a whole new museum."

The total price tag for the renovation costs is $27 million.

The public can still visit parts of the museum, like the outdoor balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

The grand opening is scheduled for early 2014.

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