Located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the American civil rights movement, examines today’s global civil and human rights issues, provokes thoughtful debate and serves as a catalyst for positive social change.


The Tour Guide is:

  • Responsible for providing interpretive and educational content of the museum’s permanent galleries to museum visitors, groups, and special guests  
  • Interprets exhibitions in the changing galleries to museum visitors, groups, and special guests  
  • A subject matter expert on the Museum and the Civil Rights era


  • Reports to and works under the general direction of the Director of Interpretation, Collections, and Education as well as the Director of Operations for daily instructions and scheduling.
  • Provides tours of the museum to groups and individuals
  • Serves as interpretive knowledge point for self-guided visitors, when not conducting tours, by:
    • Assisting visitors with interactive exhibits
    • Answering questions
    • Create and implement gallery talks and other interpretative opportunities
  • Ensures visitors have an engaging visitor experience
  • Evaluates the tour information to ensure that it is timely
  • Learns about the Civil Rights era and experiences as well as permanent and changing exhibits to help insure that visitors are interested in the Museum collection and experience
  • Engages visitors and groups in the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the mission of the Museum
  • Engage in ongoing professional development (possibly on off-days or evenings)
  • Provides feedback on tours conducted, including suggestions to improve tour experience and tour efficiency and generates visitor attendance reports as needed
  • Provides management with customer feedback regarding customer needs, Museum challenges, and generates ideas and solutions to meet identified challenges


The Tour Guide performs additional functions (essential or otherwise), which may be assigned from time to time. The position may require work on weekends, nights, and holidays to accommodate facility programming and utilization.


  • Ability to communicate (oral and written) professionally with membership, staff, public, and governing board
  • Requires ability to lift and carry files, boxes, paper, bags, etc. weighing up to 15 lbs.
  • Able to escort tour groups through the multi-floor, multi-site facility
  • Operate telephone and fax


  • Post-secondary education credentials (Associates degree or courses toward a Bachelor degree) in African American history/studies, American history, communications, social science, humanities or any related field.
  • One (1) year of related experience or acquired knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement through community involvement or activism or any combination of education and training that will allow candidates to perform the essential functions of the position
  • Must complete Tour Guide training program and on-going professional development.
  • Able to make sound judgments, be attentive, customer service oriented and engage in a positive interactive relationship with visitors, volunteers and other Museum Staff.
  • Required to implement and present tour guide curriculum and guidelines, but with the ability to discern and express areas of potential improvement to Museum Staff.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the history of the Civil Rights movement and African American history.



 Will require work on weekends, nights, and holidays to accommodate facility programming and utilization.

May require participation in offsite museum programming as needed.

Must attend monthly museum wide staff meetings and department meetings

Must attend training sessions on incoming exhibitions


Anyone interested should send their resume here: ntrent@civilrightsmuseum.org