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“Great History”

Freedom Rides Museum
Ranked #18 of 67 things to do in Montgomery
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great History”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Even though this is not a large museum, the history and information there is outstanding. The staff really takes the time to go over the history of the museum and you can also record a video from a visitor's standpoint to share with others who visit. I took my 9 year old daughter and she even wanted the DVD to watch more about the freedom rides. Great place to visit.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank TweDan
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English first
San Gabriel
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Freedom Ride Review”
Reviewed 23 October 2012

This was a fabulous exhibit of a most important time in America's civil rights past. The pictures were terrific, as was the text. However, the narrative provided by the tour guide Elena was sensational. This lady knew the history and her tales of the past were great. This ia a great exhibit, made even better by a terrific guide.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Joel H
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great museum!”
Reviewed 25 June 2012

This is a great place to learn about the courageous Freedom Riders. This is a must see, particularly if you are interested in civil rights and are going to other civil rights sites in the city. This gives you an entirely different perspective on the civil rights movement.

Visited November 2011
1 Thank Hilliary
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2012

I enjoyed the photos and information on the outside more than I did the inside. Reading and viewing the information on the outside is free; once inside you must pay. The guide explained that the exhibits rotate. At the end of your visit you can watch videos from others regarding their experience as a freedom rider or knowledge thereof. And if you have knowledge you can also make your video (free) in the kiosk.

Visited June 2012
4 Thank SpiritofExcellence
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Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't miss !”
Reviewed 25 May 2012

If you are interested in learning about Montgomery, or in the heritage of place, or in the civil rights movement, don't miss visiting this museum! It tells an important story in multiple ways.

Visited April 2012
4 Thank Alice B
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