Freedom Rides Museum looking to bounce back from challenges due to the pandemic

Freedom Rides Museum looking to bounce back from challenges due to the pandemic
The Freedom Rides Museum has made many adjustments to how visitors tour the museum. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Museums across the state are looking to rebound in 2021 after having a difficult 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Freedom Rides Museum has made many adjustments to how visitors tour the museum.

They offer what they are calling a prescribed tour with marking directing visitors on where to go.

This provides social distancing for visitors and employees.

Sanitizing stations are also provided throughout the museum, and mask are required.

The museum has even changed how they sell merchandise to guest.

“If you want to purchase a T-shirt, all of those things have been taken from public view, so they are not exposed. So all of those are safe to purchase,” site director Dorothy Walker said.

The museum reopened June 2020.

They have seen a decrease in large visitation due to the pandemic, but they have seen more smaller groupings with families.

" A lot of times, visitors didn’t have a lot of time to linger through information and analyze it on site. Now, we’re seeing people do that, really spend time; really reading through the information, reading through everything. So, that’s been a very positive thing,” Walker said.

This is the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.

The museum says they have many events planned, and you can also tour the museum virtually as well.

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