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We will be closed Monday 7/4 and 7/5

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Rosa Parks Museum is to uphold and interpret for the public benefit, education and enjoyment, materials related to the events and accomplishments of individuals associated with Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Museum includes a permanent exhibit, a time machine, temporary exhibit space, archives, classrooms, an auditorium and conference room.

The Rosa Parks Museum is responsible for:

  • Collecting, identifying and cataloging items that are relevant to the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Planning the museum collection and exhibits so they are a meaningful source of information
  • Restoring and preserving items for the collection
  • Planning and formulating policy for museum management and growth
  • Maintaining an active and diverse exhibition program which acquaints the community with the global spectrum of human artistic and cultural expression
  • Providing a center where the community and its visitors meet, create, and learn through participating in the museum programs and activities
  • Creating and organizing the activities of a creative population of artists, archivist, historians, and other allied professionals
  • Promoting museum programs through the media
  • Planning educational programs for children
  • Helping to promote tourism in Montgomery and in the state of Alabama
  • Serving the widest possible audience (groups, individuals, and organizations) which share a common interest in cultural and educational activities through demonstration, leadership and education

The Museum

The Museum is a major landmark in the revitalization of downtown Montgomery constructed on the site of the old Empire Theatre where Mrs. Parks made her courageous and historic stand in 1955. The interpretive museum occupies the first floor and 7,000 square feet of a three-story, 55,000 square foot building that also contains the TROY-Montgomery Campus Library. It includes space for permanent and special exhibits as well as a 103-seat, 2200 square foot multimedia auditorium. In a non-violent and non-threatening manner, six distinct and unique areas inside the museum tell the story of bravery and courage of early civil rights soldiers.

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Artifacts include a restored 1955 station wagon, a replica of the public bus on which Mrs. Parks was sitting that day, and original historical documents of that era loaned by the City of Montgomery.

The Children's Wing

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In the Rosa Parks Library & Museum Children’s Wing, visitors go back in time on the Cleveland Avenue Time Machine to discover that things just don't happen – people make things happen. Visitors come to realize that they, too, can make a difference just as Rosa Parks, E.D. Nixon, Jo Ann Robinson, Fred Gray, Claudette Colvin and many others made a difference following in the footsteps of Dred Scott, Harriet Tubman, Homer Plessy and others who had gone on before.

As visitors enter the Cleveland Avenue Time Machine, they see what they think is a standard 1955 Montgomery city bus. On closer inspection they discover the vehicle has no wheels and indeed appears to be floating above a layer of violet-colored light. The vehicle is surrounded by a strange array of imposing equipment, lighting effects, glowing pipes and low fog. On one side of the vehicle, huge Time Diodes are ready to trigger Time Travel. On the other side, a similarly imposing sequence of equipment represents the collection and acceleration of “Tachyons” to power the Time Diode.

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The strange machineries of time travel emit pulsing light in random patterns as though their circuitry has somehow been damaged by fast traveling Tachyons. The effect is designed to make guests sense that huge energies might be under somewhat imperfect control. Strange and very low frequency audio effects envelop the space. Surrounding walls seem to be undulating in colorful abstract patterns as images from all eras of history drift by. Cloud ceiling lighting fires in random patterns as though it is heat lightning. These effects occur prior to and after the program. Strange and very low frequency audio effects envelop the space.

Guests approach the bus entrance door along a railed walkway. They enter the bus and meet the driver, a curious assemblage of engine parts. His eyes are glowing and light is pulsing along his limbs. His name is Mr. Rivets and he greets visitors in a strange mechanical voice.

Visitors are transported through time from to the early 1800’s to the early “Jim Crow” era where they observe scenes of segregation and social and legal challenges made by individuals like Harriet Tubman, Dred Scott and Homer Plessy. Visitors also learn about the various legal challenges that helped reshape the thinking of the 20th century that discrimination and segregation were both immoral and illegal.

Upon returning back through time to Montgomery, Alabama, visitors are encouraged to visit the second floor Research Center, where they can learn much more about the legal and social challenges involving a segregated bus system in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition, visitors can view numerous historical documents and hear testimonials of men and women who actually participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and 1956.

Admission:

Effective as of October 1, 2011 the price schedule for admission is as follows:

12 years and under: $5.50
Over 12 years of age: $7.50
Alabama College Student with a Valid Student ID: $6.50
AAA Discount: subtract $1.00 from regular Adult Price
Discount price for both Museum & Children's Wing: Adults: $14, Children $10

Admission Discounts:

Military: $1.00 off with a CURRENT military ID
$2.00 off with a CURRENT military ID for Museum and Children’s Wing
AARP: $1.00 off with CURRENT AARP card
AAA: $1.00 off with a CURRENT AAA card

Reservations:

Reservations are required for groups consisting of ten (10) or more persons.

Email Address:

Email the Rosa Parks Museum at rosaparks@troy.edu

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