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“Small but beautifully formed”

Freedom Rides Museum
Ranked #20 of 82 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
Reviewed May 13, 2018

It’s a quick 30 minutes but there is enough to see to justify the visit. Pleasant staff who are knowledgeable on the subject.

Thank AlanCam55
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"great place to visit"
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"road trip"
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"come alive"
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Okay, so this museum is TINY. But I have to give it four stars, because the story of this building is so important and interesting, making the museum worth visiting even if it is tiny.

In 1961, a group of young people made history by boarding a bus and driving it through the South to challenge segregated transportation - they called themselves Freedom Riders. I don't want to give away all the history of this former Greyhound bus depot, but the Freedom Riders faced incredible danger and violence in a strikingly brave manner. The museum is within what is left of the Greyhound bus station the Freedom Riders stopped at in 1961.

When you walk in, they'll tell you when the next tour is. There isn't really a tour - but you do get a short lecture on the history of the building and get shown blueprints of what the building has looked like in the past (what it looked like when it had segregated waiting rooms and what it looked like after Supreme Court rulings ordered de-segregation of transportation centers). Then you can walk around the small museum. I particularly enjoyed reading the short bios of each of the Freedom Riders.

This might be a tiny museum, but it's only $5, and the history you learn here will be important. Even if you're very familiar with the history of the Freedom Riders, walking around the place where that history occurred is an amazing experience.

Highly recommend - especially if you feel that you want to know more about the Freedom Riders and segregated transportation in the South.

1  Thank Alexis B
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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I went just at closing time and our gracious host who runs the museum could not have been friendlier. We were overwhelmed in a good way to be at this historic place. It is a small museum that packs in a big impact with the story of the freedom rides and the young people who changed our history by the courage they demonstrated right there. Also some amazing paintings by the artist Faith Ringgold. Do not miss it!

1  Thank cjavits
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

This is a great little museum. If you are interested in Civil Rights history in general, and in Montgomery in particular, this is a required stop. Director, Dorothy Walker, is passionate and knowledgable. We spoke with her for around an hour and it was fun and fascinating.

Thank agomory2
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

I LOVED this museum. It looks small, but it took me more than an hour to walk through. So much information, and the guide working there was very knowledgeable and helpful. So glad they kept this building for this purpose. I was disappointed to find that the bus station in Birmingham had been torn down.

1  Thank dewintate
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