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“Breathtaking look at the past....”

International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Ranked #1 of 67 things to do in Greensboro
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The International Civil Rights Center & Museum (ICRCM), located in Greensboro, N.C., is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. This national landmark and national site of conscience celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement. Our vision is to memorialize the courageous stand of the Greensboro Four as they launched, for posterity, the sit-in movement Feb. 1, 1960. We hope that the ICRCM, with its focus on the sit-in activities at the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960, will inspire the vigilance and fortify the spirit of all oppressed people to step forward in the ongoing struggle for human freedom.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Breathtaking look at the past....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2011

I joined my child's 6th grade class for a recent field trip to Greensboro's Int'l. Civil Rights Center and was BLOWN AWAY at how spectacular this museum is !!! An extraordinary amount of thought and planning went into developing this landmark...captivating to children and enlightening to adults. The tour guides were so informative, the graphics and videos were top-notch!! Well worth the stop to capture a piece of American history.

Visited March 2011
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Waynesboro, Virginia
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Do Not Pass This By”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2011

The tour starts with a well done documentary followed by a guided tour through the Museum. Make sure you have the time as the tour took 2.5 hours, but worth every minute!. Thanks to our guide Vonda!

Visited February 2011
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Chapel Hill, NC
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“Wonderful museum, a must-see in Greensboro”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2010

This is a new (Jan 2010) museum right in the nicest part of downtown Greensboro. Housed in a repurposed historic Woolworths (the site of the famous sit in in 1960 by the "Greensboro 4"), this modern museum takes only about 75-90 minutes to tour (all visits at the time we were there were by guided tour - and extremely well done). The history is riveting. Seeing the actual lunch counter was breathtaking. If you're in Greensboro and have any interest whatsoever in the history of our country and the amazing stories of individuals you have to visit this museum.

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Davis, California
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“Modern Museum Tells Story of US Civil Rights Movement”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2010

The International Civil Rights Museum tells the story of the US Civil Rights Movement, with a special emphasis on the Greensboro Sit-In, using images, movies and artifacts. One may not view the museum independently; a well-informed guide leads museum attenders through the facility in groups. However, the guide is an asset in enjoying and understanding the exhibits. Of special interest is the restored Woolworth's lunch counter, in its original location. Other artifacts are also striking, particularly for those who have no personal experience with Jim Crow laws. It takes slightly over an hour to complete the tour. The quality of the museum is high and I regard it as a must-see if in the area.

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“Important history illustrated where it actually happened...a must see.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2010

Touring of this museum is a must see for locals and visitors alike. It is certainly worth the hour or so it takes to tell the story of the sit in that sparked a civil rights movement across the south.

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