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Freedom Rides Museum

210 S Court St, Montgomery, AL 36104-4006
+1 334-414-8647
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Unbelievable - what happened in America in 1961!

We were in high school at this time and coming from the north, we were not intimately familiar with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DavidBecham
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Encinitas, California
Which Entrance Would You Have to Enter in 1961?

Bone chilling visit imaging Jim Crow laws forcing people of color through separate entrances. What... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Darlyne B
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This small but powerful museum tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides that ended racial segregation in public transportation. It is located in Montgomery's former Greyhound Bus Station where student protesters faced a segregationist mob. Exterior exhibits trace the history of the rides and the pivotal events that happened in Montgomery. Interior exhibits include art, architecture, oral histories, and a video kiosk where Freedom Riders and others have told their story. Exterior exhibits and a cell phone tour are available 24/7 and are free. Small admission charged for interior exhibits during opening hours. Discount admission fees for groups of 10 or more booked in advance.
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210 S Court St, Montgomery, AL 36104-4006
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in high school at this time and coming from the north, we were not intimately familiar with all of the details and events. What an eye opener! One of the more emotional and disturbing experiences to learn the facts of what actually occurred....More

Thank DavidBecham
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bone chilling visit imaging Jim Crow laws forcing people of color through separate entrances. What really drives home how dangerous "separate but equal" mythology was is the idea of 19-22 year old students (21 total) met by 400 men and women with bats, chains, and...More

Thank Darlyne B
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Even though the site is relatively small, the exhibit is thoughtful and well laid out. We learned so much, largely thanks to the wonderful guide Dorothy Walker. What knowledge and enthusiasm! The questions she asked (e.g., "If you were a college student about to join...More

Thank BonnieJ718
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

If you're short on time or just looking for something to do, I highly suggest visiting this museum. They do a great job of honoring those who took part in the freedom ride protests. Visiting here won't take a lot of your time, but you...More

Thank AudioVox
Reviewed 16 September 2017

The freedom rides museum is very interesting, but very small. The highlight was Mary, the only employee working there, who gave us a personal guided tour of the facility.

Thank Brian33131
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We visited in June and the while the museum was actually closed, we were welcomed in by the stunningly caring and knowledgable museum director, Dorothy. It was a brief stop for us as we had two sons (7 and 10) in tow and we didn't...More

Thank AandJReed
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

I appreciate what they are trying to do with this museum. However, on the inside there is really not much to see. A super friendly staff. Interesting displays on the outside of the building

Thank Tim S
Reviewed 5 June 2017

The story of the Freedom Riders is an fascinating one, and the museum in Montgomery is the best place to learn about it. It's not very big, but there's a lot of information packed in there. It's hard to imagine, having been born in the...More

2  Thank Ryan V
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Any road trip following the Civil Rights Movement needs to stop here. The staff is very knowledgeable.

1  Thank Shannon T
Reviewed 10 May 2017

A great place to visit and see what life was like for the citizens of the Civil Rights era. The person at the museum provided a history of the site as well a description of some of the artwork and pictures displayed throughout the site....More

1  Thank Carl S
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CRJ1031
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Response from Savvy S | Reviewed this property |
No frightening photos here, but I bet he'd enjoy the Rosa Parks Musuem just a few blocks away.
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