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“Excellent guides make this a great visit”

Freedom Rides Museum
Ranked #20 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
San Jose, California
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Excellent guides make this a great visit”
Reviewed 21 December 2013

We read through the outdoor exhibits before going in. We were greeted warmly by Destiny and Ellen. Destiny's presentation of what happened was wonderful and riveting. As she talked, I could almost see what was happening in this place more than 50 years ago. After that, Ellen introduced us to the building and the art exhibits. It is a shame more of the Grayhound station was not preserved, but I'm glad this much was preserved to remind us of the sacrifices made by the Freedom Riders. Highly recommend this to anyone visiting Montgomery.

Visited December 2013
Thank theimmc
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing Snapshot of History”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Of all the sites I visited on the Civil Rights trail, this one left the greatest impact on me. Very welcoming and knowledgeable staff, very educational experience and a wonderful tribute to those who risked so much to participate in the Freedom Rides.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Julie G
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Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great information”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

One Friday I got a chance to visit the museum and I must say i was well informed.. The museum has limited hours so check before you go.. I went on a Friday and the hours were from 12pm-4pm.. Fist let me say the guides are terrific, they are well informed.. Their was not a lot to the museum,but the guides pulled the story all together. Most of the information is written on the outside. On the inside is is more of an art gallery. in the back is a room with a computer where you can get actual experiences of some of the riders or witnesses who were there.. Their is a fee of $5, but students get a discount it may be $3-4. I felt the museum should of show more emphasis in how terrifying it must have been for the riders the PBS broadcast shows it but I was expecting the museum to show a little more feeling..

Visited August 2013
2 Thank SmileyAtlanta
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Lafayette, Louisiana
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Passionate Guides!”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

We stopped by the Freedom Rides Museum on our way out of Montgomery. We were excitedly greeted by two young museum guides who explained the history of the bus terminal, the Freedom Rides movement, and the art gallery that is on display. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and I walked away with a much better understanding of the events of the Freedom Rides.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Trompetista89
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Memphis, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Inspiring slice of history”
Reviewed 25 May 2013 via mobile

Very small but important museum and spot. One could almost see entire museum from admissions desk. But worthy cause and important history to raise up. Thanks

Visited May 2013
1 Thank herbgunn
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