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Freedom Rides Museum
Ranked #17 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
new jersey
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“tiny!”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

we were looking forward to going here also, and i'm glad we did. it literally is the old greyhound bus terminal, which was totally segregated. it's just really one room, but the exhibits there, and seeing what happened to the freedom riders is excellent!

Visited April 2014
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NYC
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124 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“don't miss it”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

I don't know why this isn't ranked higher, but for the fact that it seems unknown and has wonky hours.

If you can visit during their open hours, DO SO!

The museum is located in the old Greyhound bus station where the freedom riders were, and where a huge race riot took place. You can see the old "colored entrance" that was ordered to be boarded up eventually. You see old floorplans, etc.

The interior of the museum is secondary to the outside, where a timeline is located along the walls. If you are there during closed hours, there is a cellphone guide to go along with the wall displays and teach you. As I mentioned though, if you can go when a docent is available you should DO IT. the guide was so passionate and brought the freedom riders to life! I learned a whole lot.

Visited January 2014
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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
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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
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Atlanta
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
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