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Central High Museum and Visitor Center

2120 W. Dasy Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock, AR 72202
501-374-1957
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Ranked #1 of 51 attractions in Little Rock
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Educational Sites
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Across the street from Central High and dedicated to understanding the fight for desegregation in Arkansas, the museum focuses on the 1957 battle in... more » Owner description: Across the street from Central High and dedicated to understanding the fight for desegregation in Arkansas, the museum focuses on the 1957 battle in which the "Little Rock nine" faced angry mobs trying to prevent them from becoming Central's first black students. « less
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L4r4k3
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I was 7 when Little Rock Nine took a stand. I had heard about it and have read and seen films about them and the Freedom Riders. This was a moving museum visit and especially poignant as Mninjean Brown was there addressing a tour of students. This is a stop to remind one about the importance of history. What was... More

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Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is one of several historical sites run by the National Park Service throughout the United States that preserve the tragic happenings during the 1950s and 1960s in regard to prejudice and integration. The Visitors Center has several pertinent and well thought out videos of what happened in Little Rock then and since. Ranger Brian was very knowledgeable and helpful... More

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Burleson
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The museum is very well done. It is across the street from the school, not in the school as you would imagine. Central is still in operation as a school so tours must be scheduled in advance. As an educator, I didn't feel the need to see the interior of another school so we did not tour, but did walk... More

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Hiawatha, Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The exhibits are excellent - both print and audio/visual. Very detailed accounts. Liked the way everything was laid out. User friendly for all age groups. Would have loved to be able to have gone into the school but they were in session.

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IN
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Located in a restored Mobil Gas Station opposite the campus, the displays provide a detailed look into the people and events that put Central High on the national map. Memorial Garden opposite. A Museum created by citizens committed to preserving the Central High past.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

best part was being there when all the kids got out of school and they were every color and religion and they were all just being, well, kids. Note that you have to plan ahead to actually go in H.S. We just got to go to visitor center.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We are visiting from the UK and are taking a road trip tracing much of the early history of the civil rights movement. We found the museum and visitor centre both fascinating, and in many ways horrifying, in the way that a significant proportion of a generation only 60 years ago still believed that not all men and women were... More

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Rogers, Arkansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

really educational, a quick visit but worth the time. went with two young kids and the entire family enjoyed the stop

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shanghai
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228 reviews 228 reviews
76 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This should be a must on a trip to Little Rock. Firstly the school building is amazing! It still has a really good academic record according to the Museum Rangers and has a total mix of all races. The exhibit is both fascinating and awful in that this isn't 100+ years ago, it's in the 1950s. I agree with Canda_98,... More

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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The media from 1957 really brings this museum to life. Kudos to those brave nine students! Too bad it took over 1,000 soldiers to keep them safe!

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