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National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

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Address: 6 US Highway 80 E, Selma, AL 36701-7307
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+1 334-418-0800

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Good experience; don't judge a book by its cover

There are museums throughout the South that focus on the horrors of slavery and the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement. What stands out with this one is how it highlights... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ryan V
Great Falls, Montana
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Birmingham, Alabama
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is only Open Mondays through Thursdays. I called ahead to see if we could visit on a Friday. The unfriendly executive director informed me it would be $100 plus the cost of admission. I told her I was disappointed to not to be able to visit. This museum is privately owned which is why the price gouging. I... More 

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Great Falls, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are museums throughout the South that focus on the horrors of slavery and the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement. What stands out with this one is how it highlights voting specifically, and how voter disenfranchisement occurred throughout the South up until the 1960s. It also explains how non-violent protesters and activists working within the legal system where able... More 

Thank Ryan V
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

We tried to visit the museum on our visit to Selma. Although the website indicated that it would be open, it was not. Not sure it is ever open.

Thank Sfgallagher
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

This a very small museum with a lot of history. It is a must see for all kids and adults to understand what our forefathers went through to so we will have the right to vote and the planning it took to organize some events. My children were happy to go to a place where President Obama visited during his... More 

Thank Malcolm J
Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

First this was the second time we had been to the National Voting Rights Museum. Both times have been great experiences. We have gone on the Footprints To Freedom tour with Sam both times. He is a great guide. We loved talking to Sam about his experiences. He was a child during the marches. He took us to Brown Chapel... More 

2 Thank Sarah L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We came to Selma on a Sunday and found most everything closed - all the Civil Rights sights we wanted to visit. We went to the Edmund Pettus Bridge and walked across. At the end, you see the museum. I saw someone going in and walked over to see if we could go in. The person there works in the... More 

1 Thank Lonny B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the slightly shabby, nondescript exterior of this place. Like all good museums its strength lies in its eclecticism. A collection of varied and interesting artefacts and audiovisual displays which leave the visitor amazed, moved, intrigued, puzzled, challenged and horrified. This place is a " must see" on any visit to The South.

1 Thank CazBrogz
Hackensack, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

This is a great combination of documentation that continues to tell the American History story. Read about unsung heroes and heroines and the events that lead up to the "peaceful" march to Montgomery. It's all about the freedom to vote. Museum budget is probably minimal, but the staff was friendly and displays were very informational.

2 Thank Sally S
Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Great location, right off the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Small museum with lots of great pictures of the march. So glad to be here and see actual footage of Bloody Sunday.

4 Thank FlyingStew75
Hyattsville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Wanted to see this museum but for some reason they are not open on the weekends. The memorial site across the street that leads to the park is nice though.

2 Thank Desha A

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