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“A quick stop for this museum”

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
Ranked #7 of 18 things to do in Selma
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338 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“A quick stop for this museum”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

The exhibits were mostly just photos taken during the civil rights marches. The lady at the museum had wonderful stories about the time of the marches. Wish the museum was as good as her stories. It is near and just north of the Pettus Bridge. A short stop does this one just fine

Visited March 2014
1 Thank tchrs
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Selma, Alabama
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“great lesson on civel rights”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

The museum is a great learning experience for people of all ages it walks you though the civil rights time period and mrs. bland really know her history so come to selma and walk though history the best time to visit is during bridge crossing jubilee weekend

Visited March 2013
5 Thank Geraldine J
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“not that engaging”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

this museum is just on the 'outside' (not downtown side) of the Pettus Bridge. It's not a terribly noticeable building but if you're looking for it you'll see it.

The stories of the marches from Selma are fantastic, but I think this museum could do more to pull us in. It is primarily captioned photos and I am more the type of person who wants interactive displays. (there were a few displays though, just not primarily)

Visited January 2014
Thank rustymambo
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Champaign, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“National Voting Rights Museum”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

I visited this museum and found it to be very educational. There has been a lot of additional information display in the museum that I had not seen before, but knew that it existed . In 1969, upon returning to Selma after two (2) years in Vietnam, the museum did not exist, a car dealership was in the museum's present location. I think that all visitors should visiting the civil rights museum see the actual photos of the civil rights events that led to the 1964-1965 Voting Rights. Selma really would be a better tourist attraction, if the building which Dr. Martin L. King resided prior to Marching across the Edmond Pettus Bridge had been preserved. The building I am speaking of is HOTEL ALBERT. It was a magnificent hotel, but because Dr. King slept in it, the building was torn down beyond ground zero. Hotel Albert was in the exact location where the current Mayor's office is presently located. What a waste and total loss of income that was because of racism. The Wilby Movie was destroyed by fire and the movement participants did not set the building on fire, it was done by those that objected to ending segregation in Selma, the library current occupy that space. The Walton Theater was not destroyed during the 60's, it survived and is now once again a movie theater for all that wish to go and sit on the ground floor as opposed to the balcony. There is a lot of history in Selma that will not ever be placed in a history book. I am one of the original foot soldiers and a graduate of R. B. Hudson High School.

Visited October 2013
8 Thank Charles M
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Must see for US Civics 101”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Situated in an inconspicuous location, this museum is at the same tie poignant, uplifting and sobering: poignant because I can identify with the stories of who the "foot soldiers" were; uplifting because how the action of a handful of individuals catalyzed the progress towards civil rights equality; sobering because there is still progress to be made. I would definitely come back. The historian - Sam I believe is his first name - is an invaluable resource. A must-see place for anyone interested in deepening his/her understanding of civics.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Fabrice B
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