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“History Tour”

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 July 7, 2018

We didn't get a chance to go inside this museum because it doesn't open until noon. We did look around outside and take a few pictures. We peered through the glass doors and didn't see much that prompted us to wait for it to open. Not a very desirable place that is located in an even less desirable part of town.

Thank sheryl w
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"personal stories"
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"civil rights"
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"important piece of history"
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"an eye opener"
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"great place to visit"
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"road trip"
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"come alive"
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"worth a stop"
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Reviewed June 1, 2018

Very interesting and meaningful site of important American history that should be remembered. Small but worthwhile.

1  Thank savvytraveler407
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Located in the actual greyhound bus terminal where events took place, the museum is small but intimate. It wasn’t busy so the curator gave me a tour.

Thank Carol K
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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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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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