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“Emotional experience”

Rosa Parks Library and Museum
Ranked #4 of 67 things to do in Montgomery
Certificate of Excellence
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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 The museum helps visitors relive this tumultuous era with a video, artifacts, historical documents, a lifesize statue of Rosa Parks and a replica of the bus in which she sat that day.
Ridgeway, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Emotional experience”
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 gratifying. Our tour guide actually lived in Montgomery when segregation was rampant and retold stories from first hand experience.

Don't miss it. I recommend this for people of all ages.

Visited March 2014
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Townsend, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Best cultural tour”
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 great job sharing the experience with all of us. You have the opportunity to walk through it on your own and read all the signs, but it was more interactive and informative with the tour guide telling the story.

Visited March 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
250 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
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 the exhibits in greater detail.

Great retelling of an event that changed the treatment of African Americans

Visited February 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Must See”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

awesome reenactment of how this unfolded with a real bus in place and the clips to show thru the windows of bus.

Visited February 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great museum and knowledgeable tour guide.”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

We found the museum very interesting. The exhibits were set up in a way to draw you into the museum. The bus exhibit was outstanding and gave you a good understanding of the events that led to the boycott. The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer a wide variety of questions. This is a museum that children would find interesting.

Visited February 2014
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