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“Progress has marginalized the experience”

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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Key West, Florida
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Progress has marginalized the experience”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Visited Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:45pm.

According to our guides, the federal building behind the station needed a mail room and sadly re-purposed most of the original bus station. What remains is an isolated, "imagine if you can", single room with photo exhibits, a few pieces of artistic expression and a video booth for recording your own human rights violation experience or watching/listening to another's. There is a small gift/souvenir counter and that pretty much sums it up.

Outside, there is a great story board that does a nice job of explaining the sequence of events. It is worth looking at.

The museum hours are (Friday & Saturday noon to four only). Admission is $5 per person.

Visited July 2014
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English first
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Learned so much”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

Even though we were in Montgomery on a day when the museum was closed, the interpretative panels on the outside of the building were fantastic. We were able to delve deeper into the Rides and learned how our hometown, Nashville TN, played a key role in continuing the rides to the conclusion. Must see!

Visited May 2014
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Lubbock, Texas
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55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Where the Freedom Riders suffered”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

Visiting Montgomery is like taking a civil rights pilgrimage, and the old Greyhound Bus station, where the 1961 Freedom Riders were attacked by a mob after being left unescorted by the highway patrol, is one of the must-visit places on this pilgrimage. Even if you aren't there when the building is open, you can read the excellent explanatory posters on the external walls.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank SophieTosca
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new jersey
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56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 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
1 Thank maestromuffin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“don't miss it”
Reviewed January 21, 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
2 Thank rustymambo
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