January 17th , 2014 9:35 am Leave a comment

National Civil Rights Museum pushes back reopening

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis has delayed its planned reopening until the first week of April.

Museum Director of Education Barbara Andrews told WMC-TV (http://bit.ly/1b7UwpZ) that the delay isn’t due to construction setbacks. Instead, she says extra time is needed for staff to become familiar with the new technology and interactive exhibits.

“We’re just taking a little bit more time before we open the doors to make sure that we’re comfortable with all the technology. We want that museum to be up when we say that it’s open,” she said.

The museum announced in 2010 that it was undergoing a $27 million renovation and has been only partially open to visitors over the last three years while construction was ongoing.

“Originally we had announced that March would be our reopening,” she said, but now it will be just a little later. “The reopening will occur over the commemorative weekend, which is April 4 and 5.”

The museum is located at the site of the old Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. It chronicles the civil rights movement’s history through films, informative displays and exhibits. It attracts about 200,000 people annually.

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