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Address: 210 S Court St, Montgomery, AL 36104-4006
Phone Number:
(334) 414-8647
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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This small but powerful museum tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides...

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.

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Great museum and amazing tour guide!

My husband and i recently visited the Freedom Rides museum. We didn't know that much about it and when we saw how small the space was we didn't know what to expect. But Madison... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and i recently visited the Freedom Rides museum. We didn't know that much about it and when we saw how small the space was we didn't know what to expect. But Madison (the tour guide) offered to give us a 20-30 minute tour of the space and she brought the space to life! She was an incredible and... More 

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Thank Sandy A
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum preserves a historic location and includes some moving visuals and first-person accounts of the violence done to the Freedom Riders at the Montgomery Greyhound station. But far and away the best part of our visit was the personal attention we received from Dorothy, the museum's director, who stayed nearly an hour past closing telling us all about the... More 

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Thank James75356
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The enthusiastic, personal attention of the museum director made the history much clearer. She told many of the personal stories and conveyed the importance of the freedom rides in the entire civil rights movement. I highly recommend the museum.

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Thank betht100
Lorain, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had already visited other museums that were referred to us by AAA in Ohio, but when we arrived at the Freedom Riders museum, we were unaware of the charge and I left the funds in my car. Tired and ready to venture to our next state we opted to visit another time. On our way out the door a... More 

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Thank V H
Tampa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We were unaware of how the Freedom Riders fit into our country's civil rights movement. This was a powerful site to visit.

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Thank Deana G
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Beautifully curated, impressive place which is incredibly housed in the originally segregated Greyhound Museum. So worth a visit and my daughter and I loved our tour guide, Madison!

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Thank Twinmom048
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This museum is well laid out but it is MUCH better if you take the tour because there is so much to the story. There were so many brave people who fought for Civil Rights and this is the story for one of those groups. Those naive college kids had no idea of the racist hatred in the Deep South.

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Thank WanderingBob2016
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I had seen a documentary about the Freedom Riders then noticed that the old Grayhound Bus Station was now a museum, the lady gave us a brief tour and interesting insights into the history and the events. There is a photo of the protesters in the local church waiting to get away while the mob outside was threatening to set... More 

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Thank TheRabble
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

An interesting account of the personal stories of people who took part in the Freedom Rides. It would have benefitted from an explanation of the way the Klu Klux Klan and the Police worked in a sort of unspoken harmony to allow 15 minutes of violence before the Police turned up.

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Thank Geoff F
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The staff were dedicated and approachable. Images and text on the outside of the building was informative and well done. Important historical site, interesting for us Canadian visitors, who did not learn details of the civil rights movement in secondary school

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Thank Kathy M

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