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John G. Riley House & Museum

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Address: 419 E Jefferson St, Tallahassee, FL 32301-1817
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+1 850-681-7881
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 14:00

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Unexpected heritage

This museum reveals the talented architectural career of the late John G. Riley whose legacy lives on as one of the stars of African American history in this profession, unusual... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 November 2016
Mary L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This museum reveals the talented architectural career of the late John G. Riley whose legacy lives on as one of the stars of African American history in this profession, unusual for minorities of his era.

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We were looking for classical houses to visit and were pleasantly surprised to learn about the history of Mr. Riley. His story from being born into slavery to owning property and helping other people grow and fight the ugliness of discrimination until he was 96 is inspirational. The animatronic version that talks to you is very interesting. Our guide was... More 

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Thank Jim W
Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

Very interesting little museum, providing great insight into an aspect of history the USA seem to be rather keen to forget - that of black America. As recent events prove, there are still plenty of racial tensions in the US. There are too few museums like this in the USA, I would say.

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Thank teturtia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

We travel from CT. to TLH every May for the Emancipation week celebration. Our family has a big Emancipation Day celebration and we try to always include the Riley House & Museum on this annual pilgrimage .

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Thank Teri C
Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

This is a very small museum. You probably could not take more than 40 minutes to tour it if you tried. That being said, what it offers is unique and informative. I saw the Civil War Spies exhibit. It was very interesting and well done. It highlighted African American and female spies; information I knew nothing about. The young man... More 

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Thank Vitarachel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015 via mobile

The historic home has much to offer in architectural style and historical references. Its location says a lot about Black history, both past and present. Mr Riley sits in his office and speaks frequently - a startling surprise to many visitors.

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Thank Pat S
Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

Although we liked the museum, we were not impressed with the tour guide. I think she was a student, who really was not knowledgeable about the museum. Loved visiting the area!

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Thank paula b
Tallahassee, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

The Riley House was always interesting, but it continues to get better with time. They have built a new visitor's center behind the original house and often host educational events that range from interesting lectures, to films. The newly opened Cascades Park and Smokey Hollow Village is a short walk away. You can easily spend several hours on site. The... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

This home of a prominent business man and educator tells ab important story about life in Tallahassee after reconstruction, following the Civil War. Mr. Riley had considerable influence in Tallahassee and thankfully, this wonderful house was preserved by local citizens. The guides are friendly, helpful and very knowledgable. Walk from the Riley House through the Smokey Hollow commoration at Tallahassee's... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

We enjoyed a guided stroll through the Reilly house, learning a lot about the racial problems of the past, the life of this truly inspiring man, and many other facets of life from long ago. Thou tour guide was so friendly and nice as well as informative, and we enjoyed a pleasant conversation with him. Everything is in good shape,... More 

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