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International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Ranked #1 of 74 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, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We came by on a Friday morning around 10:30. The ticket person told us there were about 200 elementary school children in there and we would be better served to return for a tour at noon. We came back at noon for our tour. It was a little disorganized in getting started. Apparently there were tons of school groups and they didn't know what to do with 4 adults. They (wisely) gave us a separate tour, along with 6 other people that showed up. This was absolutely the top number that should be allowed on a tour. You can only go through with a guide and the halls are narrow and twisty. It was crowded with our small group, and I think it would be awful with more people. I liked the guides...we had the director of the museum as our guide for the first half and he was awesome. The young woman who took over for him was fine, but not nearly as enjoyable. It would have been nice to be able to stop and read everything, but they hurried us along. I personally prefer self-guided tours. This was a beautifully put-together museum, though, and I highly recommend it.

Thank julibeth
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Int Civil Rights Museum is a must see of anyone living in this century so we can ensure we learn from history and the pain that many endured for no reason. The exhibit is very powerful at many points. Half way through the tour you end up at the exact location where 4 African Americans led a "Sit In" during a pivotal moment during the Civil Rights Movement. They helped lead efforts that led to the abolition of slavery. Please go see this exhibit whether you are a resident or a visitor. You will not be disappointed.

Thank lovetravelin0514
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This was a fun trip for our family and it was nice that they put us in with a small group rather than a huge group that had just started so we could hear and see better. There were lots of interesting exhibits, but our guide didn't give enough background to the civil rights movement at the start of the tour to help fill in my 10 year old from Idaho who is not familiar with terms like "Jim Crow" or others that were used. The Woolworth room was great. But too much was spent on that exhibit and not enough on the rest of the civil rights movement. MLK was barely mentioned in passing by the robe and one other place. Lots of little know facts were great though! Good for kids 9+.

1  Thank kstucker
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Upon entering, you know your heart will hurt. So incredibly hard to believe the atrocities we inflicted upon other humans. And so heartwarming to learn what some very brave folks did back in the day.

Thank tinamarak
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We had a great guide, and the exhiits were really well done and educational. It took me back in time. I highly recommend it!

It incorporates the original Woolworth's storefront and lunch counter where the Greensboro Four began the Civil Rights non-violent sit-in movement in 1960.

Thank haroldg48
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