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Rosa Parks Library and Museum

251 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
334-241-8661
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Ranked #4 of 36 attractions in Montgomery
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Owner description: This tribute to the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" honors Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who, in 1955, sparked the civil rights... more » Owner description: This tribute to the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" honors Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who, in 1955, sparked the civil rights movement by refusing to give her bus seat to a white man. The museum helps visitors relive this tumultuous era with a video, artifacts, historical documents, a lifesize statue of Rosa Parks and a replica of the bus in which she sat that day. « less
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Omaha, Nebraska
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

My family and I really enjoyed our trip to this museum...it wasn't really set-up for a 2yr old and a baby at all, but we certainly appreciated the insights given by the incredibly knowledgeable tour guide and the exhibits allowed you to immerse yourself in the environment. As a young person who did not grow up in an environment where... More

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Tampa, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My father and I visited both sides of the museum (the children's wing and the actual museum). Both sides are a must see, even if you don't have children. The children's wing is a very fun movie/simulation in a "time machine" about major events in African-American history leading up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I'm 22 years old and I... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I visited the Rosa Parks Library and Museum while on my way to Florida for my son's spring break. The Library is on the campus of Troy University which is in the downtown Montgomery area and really close to their other Civil Rights sites. The lobby has beautiful artifacts that you can view for free and take pics of. Then... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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54 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We arrived at the museum at about 3:15 PM and although the advertized time of closing is 5:00 PM, we were told that they were closing early and we would not have sufficient time to see both parts of the museum. This was disappointing. So we opted to see the part of the museum that deals with Rosa parks refusing... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I would highly recommend visiting both adjacent wings of the museum. First the children's wing to understand the historical context leading up to the 1960s. The main museum and the guide were magnificent. My daughter asked many great questions. I learned more than any school textbook. We also drove by Dr King's house which was integral to the story at... More

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Montreal, Canada
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25 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This museum was well organized and exhibits clearly presented. It was an experiential learning experience. As others have written, the manner Rosa Parks's arrest was demonstrated in an actual Montgomery bus was very effective.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

My family and I visited when my In-Laws came to town from New York. Have lived here most of my life and never been before. It was really a great experience for us all. We got to see and learn a lot about our history here. Definitely worth it!! I can honestly recommend this to anyone.

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ridgeway
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This museum, situated very close to the actual site where history was made, was an emotional experience. The exhibits were well presented and done in such a way as to give you the experience of actually being part of the event. To imagine the courage it took from so many people to make change happen was a bit overwhelming, but... More

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Townsend, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The kids museum portion was awesome! Highly recommended for adults without children. The time travel and bus simulation is a great experience for all! The Rosa Park's history is well told to the younger people in the children museum side and goes into more depth in the general museum. The tour guides have a wealth of knowledge and did a... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Excellent retelling of Rosas part in the civil rights movement. The guide walks you through the main exhibits summarising the main events and ensuring that you have a good understanding of the main players and their part in the developing events. At the end of the guided tour you are invited to go back through the museum to look at... More

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