International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Greensboro

(4.4/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Visit one of the most crucial places for the struggle against racial segregation and learn about the history of the civil rights movement at International Civil Rights Center & Museum. The museum's historic building once housed the Woolworth store where the famous Greensboro sit-ins took place in 1960. The protest initiated by four black students quickly gained nationwide support and sparked a series of similar acts that ultimately led to a major triumph in the battle for equality. See the authentic lunch counter where the sit-ins happened, watch reenactments, explore the multimedia collection, and browse the collection of artifacts. You'll learn not only about events in Greensboro, but the whole history of segregation and the fight to end it. Both self-guided and docent-led tours of the museum are available. Use our Greensboro family vacation planner to arrange your visit to International Civil Rights Center & Museum and other attractions in Greensboro.
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  • We went today and were really impressed with the way Greensboro civil rights history has been saved, preserved, and displayed. Even without the use of technology, this Museum is a class act all the wa...  more »
  • I came from Pennsylvania to visit a friend in Greensboro. After looking at Things to Do in Greensboro, I felt I had to go to this museum. We were in a small assembled tour group (from walk-ins) with L...  more »
  • I went to the Civil Rights Center in Greensboro with a group of fifteen friends, and it was a really great experience overall. My eyes were opened to the injustices in Greensboro that are a microcosm ...  more »
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  • Very obnoxious tour guide. Shouted the tour at 90 miles an hour, made us repeat what he said like drones. The info in the tour was the same as what was written on the plaques. Mostly photos and replicas. Stop for the experience and to support the "museum " don't expect much except to read about history. The counter isn't even there. No photographs allow. Waste of time.
  • Facility and exhibits are well designed and informative. Not sure it deserves the "International" name as 99% of the content is about the civil rights movement in the U.S., but that content is well developed & presented. Staff was a bit disorganized. They seemed surprised that my companion and i were there and unprepared for visitors that were not part of a tour or school group. In fact, they were so disorganized that thought (and asked) if they'd just opened. (Nope, they've been open for several years.) Though we were charged full fare (not inexpensive) we were led upstairs and told we'd need to stay in that area until the two school groups in the main exhibit area had completed their tour. We - and an Englishman visiting the center - quickly completed that interesting but small exhibit then found our way back to the entrance to ask for guidance. Because the school groups were still in the main area, we were taken to another small exhibit about African Americans in arts and sports. The Englishman made it clear he was on a limited timeframe. Twenty minutes later, when we were finally summoned to enter the main exhibit, the Englishman had to leave, never having a chance to see the primary exhibit! All that aside, the center itself is a wonderful resource. It tells the difficult story of the civil rights movement with sensitivity yet with straightforward facts. There are many human stories used - drawing the viewer into the life, culture, and feel of the times. The horror of slavery and the Jim Crow era are made clear in pictures, words, film clips. The Woolworth's lunch counter is amazing. Painful in its cold starkness but heartbreaking when the filmclips and eyewitness accounts bring it to life. I highly recommend a visit to this center, but wish the staff were better organized to serve individual visitors, not just school groups.
  • Visited with three kids on a Saturday. The guide lady, receptionist, security guard are all very friendly and pleasant. The guided tour was full of energy and children friendly. Some exhibits are of graphic nature so I would recommend keeping your young children close to you. Precious experience. Wonderful facility too.
  • Honestly, it's worth the admission price just to see the lunch counter. As some of the below comments make clear, the quality of the tour will vary depending on the skill and experience of your tour guide, but the exhibits are reliably excellent. Whether you're just visiting or you're a GSO resident, this museum is a must-see.
  • This place needs to be operated by the another museum. Prices are way to high and not child friendly. There's a section with disgusting images enlarged of the KKK. It's scary and I went on a field trip there in 2 grade and I went through that. Please let this place go under control of the Smithsonian's. Not for children, you have been warned!