Things To Do In Cody, Wyoming – Buffalo Bill Museums

Cody serves as the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park which is the oldest national park in the United States. You can learn more about this amazing national park by visiting this post. The gateway city of Cody was founded in 1896 by William F. Cody who is best known as Buffalo Bill. He was known for being an intrepid Western showman. He passed through this area in the northwestern portion of the US state of Wyoming in the 1870’s.

He loved the area so much that he returned some twenty years later to set up the town which he named after himself. His legacy can be found at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West which contains five world-class museums under one roof. The architecture and grounds of the complex blends nicely into Wyoming’s rugged beauty. So, if you find yourself in Buffalo Bill’s namesake city, you will want to visit the Buffalo Bill complex for things to do in Cody, Wyoming.

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Buffalo Bill Museum

The Buffalo Bill Museum is the inaugural museum in the complex. This is the place where you go to learn about the overall life of Buffalo Bill himself. You will gain an insight into how he came to be known as Buffalo Bill. You will see the fame and success that Buffalo Bill gained through his signature Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows.

This museum also explores the influence that he had on the economic and cultural development of the American West. Some of the artifacts that are showcased at this museum include Wild West show props, wagons, a stagecoach, dime novels, and family heirlooms. The museum houses about twelve exhibits for you to explore.

For example, the Big-Game Hunting exhibits will have you explore Buffalo Bill’s lifelong passion for hunting big game. This exhibit features a re-creation of one of Buffalo Bill’s hunting camps. Envisioning the New West is another one of the exhibits at the museum. It explores Buffalo Bill’s vision of what the future of the American West should look like.

Plains Indian Museum

The second museum at the Buffalo Bill complex is the Plains Indian Museum. It shares stories related to the cultures, traditions, trials, and triumphs of Plains Indian tribes, both in the past and today. This museum houses one of the country’s largest collections of Native American art and artifacts. You can find timeless artifacts from the 19th century along with modern works done by today’s Native American artists.

This museum contains five exhibits to check out. The first exhibit is Adversity and Renewal. This exhibit explores the past, present, and future of Plains people. It also showcases the changes and innovations in their material and spiritual culture since being placed on reservations in the late 19th century.

The exhibit, Buffalo and the People, is concerned with the role that the buffalo has had in the economy and spirituality of Plains tribes. The Honor and Celebration exhibit explores the ceremonies that Plains tribes have performed, both in the past and the present. The exhibit, Land of Many Gifts, explores the village life of Plains people in the historic era.

This exhibit also showcases the contributions of women to the societies of Plains tribes. In the Tsistsistas (Cheyenne) Migration exhibit, you will learn about how the Cheyenne tribe travelled and the role that dogs and horses played in their ability to migrate.

Whitney Western Art Museum

Art lovers will want to check out the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill complex. This museum is dedicated to showcasing Western art. This museum is considered to be one of the best Western art museums in the United States. You can view works of art by famed Western artists such as Charlie Russell, Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran, and Albert Bierstadt.

The exhibits at the museum divide works of Western art into individual subjects. They are wildlife, Western landscapes, Native American depictions, Western heroes and legends, and historic events. During your time at the museum, you will come across a re-creation of a cabin called Absarokee Hut which was occupied by famed Western artist, Joseph Henry Sharp. He was known for his paintings of Native American peoples.

Draper Natural History Museum

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The fourth museum at the Buffalo Bill complex is the Draper Natural History Museum. This museum is focused on all things Yellowstone National Park. This isn’t really surprising at all, given the Buffalo Bill complex’s proximity to the national park itself. You will learn about the diverse animals and plants that are found in Yellowstone National Park.

You will also learn about the natural history of the national park at this museum. There are a total of three exhibits available at the museum. They are Expedition Trailhead, Alpine-to-Plains Trail, and Monarch of the Skies. One of the things that you will notice at the museum is a replica of a female grizzly bear who was often photographed near Yellowstone National Park’s East Entrance before being killed by a car.

Cody Firearms Museum

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The fifth and final museum at the Buffalo Bill complex is the Cody Firearms Museum. This museum had just recently gotten a facelift last year. As the museum’s name indicate, this museum is all about the firearms. This is the most comprehensive firearms museum in the country. This museum is home to over 10,000 firearms and related items that span the time period from the year 1400 to the present.

You will also learn about the many roles that the firearms have played through history. This museum is divided into six themes. They are Introduction, Evolution of Firearms, Story of the West, Military History, Science of Firearms, and Art of Firearms.

These are the five museums that are contained within the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. So, if you are looking for things to do in Cody, Wyoming, you will want to make sure to visit the Buffalo Bill complex. The admission prices for the complex are $19.25 for adults, $18.25 for seniors, $17.75 for students, and $12.75 for youth aged from 6 to 17. Those who are under age 6 get free admission.

You can head here to buy your tickets to the complex. I would like to note that the tickets are good for two straight days. Here is a fun fact – the NFL team of Buffalo, New York is called the Buffalo Bills. Also, the wide open spaces of Wyoming is also notable for its thriving ranching lifestyle. I have covered a few lovely Wyoming ranches that you can visit right here. So, I encourage you to go there to learn more.

Cody, Wyoming Hotels

If you are in need of a hotel to stay overnight at during your Cody visit, I am happy to help you out with this. Here are the two hotels that I would suggest for you.

Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites

This hotel is located on Eighth Street just a short distance south of the Buffalo Bill complex. If you get hungry, there is an onsite restaurant called the 8th Street Restaurant which is also a bar serving alcoholic beverages. The hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. There is also a fitness center available at the hotel.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $156 to $329. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

AmericInn by Wyndham Cody

This hotel is located on Yellowstone Avenue just three minutes drive southwest of the Buffalo Bill complex. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby dining options include The Cody Cattle Company, The Local, and Our Place Cafe. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub at the hotel. The hotel also houses a fitness center for your workout needs.

All of the rooms at the hotel come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $125 to $226. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you thrilled about the idea of visiting a whopping five museums all in one place? Feel free to drop a comment below.

Things To Do In Philadelphia, PA – The Birth Of America

History buffs are very much in love with Philadelphia and for good reasons. Philadelphia is the city where the founding fathers set the stage for a new nation called the United States of America in the 1770’s. The city also served as the capital of the brand new nation for ten years from 1790 to 1800. Here are the things to do in Philadelphia, PA for learning about the founding of America and the city’s role as the nation’s capital.

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Independence Hall

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Independence Hall is located on Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets. It is located within the lovely Independence National Historical Park which is in the east part of Philadelphia’s famed Center City. Independence Hall is the very building that gave birth to the newly independent country that we know today as the United States of America.

This is the very building where the iconic Declaration of Independence was drafted, debated, and signed. The Declaration of Independence was the document that was used to declare America’s independence from Britain. The document was the product of the American Revolutionary War in which Americans fought against colonial rule by Britain.

The document was drafted by the Committee of Five which included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. That makes them the founding fathers of the country. The document was signed by the Second Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776, effectively approving America’s independence.

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The Declaration of Independence is not the only document that was adopted at Independence Hall. In fact, this is also the building where the country’s constitution was adopted. The constitution is the supreme law of the land. It serves as the foundation on which the US operates as a country. The constitution was ratified on June 21st, 1788 and went into effect on March 4th, 1789.

Independence Hall is designed in the Georgian architectural style. It is know for its red brick facade with a bell tower and steeple. In addition to visiting Independence Hall, you will want to make sure to see the Liberty Bell which is just across Chestnut Street within Independence National Historical Park. The Liberty Bell serves as an iconic symbol of American independence.

Congress Hall

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Congress Hall is located just to the west of Independence Hall within Independence National Historical Park. Before there was the US Capitol in Washington, DC, there was Congress Hall. It served as the seat of the US Congress for the ten years that Philadelphia was the nation’s capital. The chamber for the US House of Representatives was located on the first floor.

The US Senate’s chamber was located on the second floor of the building. Congress Hall housed 106 US Representatives and 32 US Senators from 16 states. The House chamber featured mahogany desks and leather chairs. The chamber of the Senate featured heave red drapes and secretary desks.

The second inauguration of George Washington as well as the first and only inauguration of John Adams, the first and second US presidents respectively, took place in the House chamber within Congress Hall. Three states were admitted into the US by Congress during their time at Congress Hall. They were Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Congress Hall was where the first ten amendments to the US Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified by Congress. Congress also established the First Bank of the US, the Federal Mint, and the US Navy during that time period. A treaty establishing temporary peace with Britain was also ratified at Congress Hall.

As is the case with Independence Hall next door, Congress Hall is also renowned for its red brick facade. What makes Congress Hall stand out from its neighbor is that it is designed in the Federal architectural style.

Old City Hall

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Old City Hall is Independence Hall’s neighbor to the east within Independence National Historical Park. It housed the US Supreme Court in Philadelphia around the same time that Congress Hall was used by Congress. The US Supreme Court had three chief justices during that time period who officiated from Old City Hall.

These three chief justices were John Jay, John Rutledge, and Oliver Ellsworth. There were a total of six justices at any given time in the Supreme Court during the Old City Hall era. The first six justices were all appointed by George Washington, the country’s first president.

The Old City Hall building is largely identical in appearance to Congress Hall. Most of the furnishings within the building are from the 1790’s which is when the Supreme Court occupied the building. The original room in the building where the Supreme Court met, is preserved as well. Also, the building houses a gift shop for you to browse.

These are the attractions that you will want to check out for things to do in Philadelphia, PA for learning about the establishment of America as an independent country and the city’s role in being the nation’s capital. The best news about visiting these historic attractions is that they are all free for everybody.

Also, I want to point out that when Philadelphia was the capital of the US, former presidents George Washington and John Adams lived in the President’s House which was located about one block from Independence Hall. Unfortunately, it is no longer there, however, there is a memorial dedicated to the President’s House with remains including red brick walls and a foundation for the kitchen.

If you would like to also take a little road trip, Philadelphia is very close to Wilmington in the neighboring US state of Delaware. Wilmington is renowned for being home to a few breathtaking estates that once belonged to the prominent du Pont family. I have got you covered on them here.

Philadelphia Hotels

If you are looking for a place to stay overnight at during your time in Philadelphia, I have got your back. Here are the two hotels I would suggest for you.

The Windsor Suites

This is an all-suite lifestyle hotel located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City Philadelphia. It is around 1.4 miles west of Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and Old City Hall. This hotel contains two onsite restaurants: Con Murphy’s and Asia on the Parkway. There is an outdoor swimming pool and terrance on the hotel’s rooftop, offering nice views for you to enjoy.

If you are looking for a place to workout, there is a fitness center available at the hotel. The hotel’s suites contain at least 450 square feet of living and dining space. They come with full kitchens and balconies with nice views of the bustling Center City streets. The suites are designed to allow you to experience an urban lifestyle. WiFi is also offered in all of the suites.

The average rate for a standard room range from $151 to $437. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

This hotel is located on the prestigious Broad Street in the heart of Center City. All of the three attractions I mentioned earlier are around 20 minutes walk to the east on Chestnut Street which will take you to the lovely Independence National Historical Park. The hotel houses two onsite restaurants/bars. They are Breakfast on the Balcony and Standing O.

As a treat for staying at this hotel, you will receive a warm, chocolate chip cookie for free. There is an indoor, heated swimming pool on the hotel’s rooftop with an attached sundeck for stunning Center City views. A fitness center is also available at the hotel for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s rooms come with WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators.

You can also look forward to having cool views of the bustling Center City scene from your hotel room. The average rate for a standard room range from $155 to $333. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you fascinated with Philadelphia’s role as the birthplace and capital of the US? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck is the capital of the US state of North Dakota. It hugs the mighty Missouri River which lies along the west end of town. Bismarck is home to a unique kind of state capitol. History buffs with an overall interest in North Dakota will want to check out the North Dakota Heritage Center.

Another place that history buffs, along with those wanting to taste the North Dakota outdoors along the Missouri River, should visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. These are the things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota.

North Dakota State Capitol

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The North Dakota State Capitol is located on East Boulevard Avenue north of downtown Bismarck. The state capitol is unique in that it is not a domed building as many other state capitols are. Rather, North Dakota’s state capitol takes the form of a 21-story tower. Believe it or not, the state capitol is the tallest skyscraper, not just in Bismarck, but also in North Dakota.

In fact, the state capitol has been dubbed the Skyscraper on the Prairie. It is designed in the Art Deco architectural style. The state capitol contains the office of North Dakota’s governor, Doug Burgum, along with the state legislature and the state Supreme Court. Both chambers of the state legislature are housed in the state capitol’s west wing while the state Supreme Court is housed in the east wing.

The state capitol also contains an observation deck on the 18th floor which you can visit in order to get a nice view of the surroundings. In fact, the observation deck offers the highest vantage point in North Dakota. The central part of the state capitol’s beautiful grounds is the Capitol Mall.

It contains a large, neat-looking lawn with walking paths lined with American Elm trees, including the one that former US President George H.W. Bush gave to North Dakota in 1989 for its 100th anniversary as a state. The grounds also hold two lovely parks – Myron Atkinson Park and the Capitol Park. The admission to the state capitol is available to everyone free of charge.

North Dakota Heritage Center

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The North Dakota Heritage Center is also located on the grounds that houses the North Dakota State Capitol. So, getting there should be a nice breeze. This is the official history museum of the state of North Dakota where you can go and learn about the state’s history dating as far back as 600 million years ago. The museum is divided into three permanent galleries.

Each one of the three permanent galleries represents a time period in North Dakota’s history. They are Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time, Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples, and Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today. The first permanent gallery will have you explore what North Dakota was like between 600 million and 13,00 years ago.

A major feature of this gallery is the life-sized casts of a T. rex and Triceratops engaging in a battle during a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. As you will see, the geology of North Dakota was vastly different hundred of millions years ago compared to today. You will also learn about the first people ever to set foot in the state 13,000 years ago.

The second permanent gallery is concerned with the Native American tribes and how they lived in North Dakota starting about 13,000 years ago through the 1860’s. One thing you will learn about is the inventions that the tribes had made which include the bow and arrow, and clay pottery. This gallery houses over one thousand artifacts for you to check out such as the skeleton of a bison that was killed by big-game hunters.

The third permanent exhibit covers the time period from two hundred years ago to today. The stories of North Dakota and its people within this gallery cover six themes. They are Agricultural Innovation, Industry and Energy, Newcomers and Settlement, Conflict and War, Our Lives, Our Communities; and Cultural Expressions.

Major features of this gallery include a homestead shack, a 1950’s soda shop, and a modern tractor cab. There is free admission to the North Dakota Heritage Center for everybody. There is an onsite restaurant called the James River Cafe. Those of you looking for souvenirs can browse the museum’s onsite store.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

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Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is located on Fort Lincoln Road on the west bank of the Missouri River southwest of Bismarck. This historically significant state park served two purposes in the history of the area. First, it was a thriving village that belonged to the American Indian tribe known as the Mandan.

It was established in 1575 and lasted for about two hundred years until a major smallpox plague resulted in significant population losses for the tribe and forced it to move north. The tribe built earth lodges in order to form a village. The village supported itself by hunting bisons and growing a number of crops. After the tribe left, the location was converted into a military fort in 1872.

The military fort was led by George A. Custer who was known for leading the US Army in its war against the Sioux tribes for access to land in the Dakotas in the 1870’s. The fort was used in order to secure the expansion of the Northern Pacific Railway through the area. It also served as a base of operation for the US Army in its battles with the Sioux tribes.

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Today, the state park contains two attractions that reflect the history of this location. The first one is the On-A-Slant Indian Village which is a replica of the earth lodge village that the Mandan tribe lived in. The second attraction is Fort Abraham Lincoln which is a replica of the military fort that George A. Custer headed. It contains replicas of the buildings that existed during the military fort days.

This includes the Victorian-era home of George A. Custer. Both the Custer home and the Indian village are open for guided tours. They act as living history museums with costumed staff onsite in order to transport you back in time. The tour fees are $8 for adults and $5 for students. You can go here to buy your tour tickets.

If you are looking for souvenirs and/or want something to drink, you can head to the state park’s commissary store. Also, the state park contains hiking trails for you to soak in the beautiful Missouri River scenery.

These are the things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota. Also, if you are into the outdoors, you may want to consider taking a trip to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park which is about two hours drive west of Bismarck on Interstate 94. You can learn more about by reading this post from late March.

Bismarck, North Dakota Hotels

If you are looking for a hotel to stay overnight at during your time in the North Dakota capital, I am happy to help you out with this. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you book your stay at.

Days Inn by Wyndham Bismarck

This hotel is located on East Capitol Avenue just south of the interchange of Interstate 94 and US 83 in Bismarck. This hotel offers free breakfast. If you get hungry, a few nearby dining options include 40 Steak and Seafood, Texas Roadhouse, and LongHorn Steakhouse. This hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.

There is also a fitness center available at the hotel. All of the hotel’s rooms come with WiFi, coffee makers, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room range from $59 to $84. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Sleep Inn & Suites I-94 – Bismarck

This hotel is located on East Century Avenue just north of the US 83 and Interstate 94 interchange in Bismarck. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. A few nearby restaurants include Sickies Garage Burgers & Brew, 40 Steak & Seafood, and LongHorn Steakhouse. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub at the hotel.

A fitness center is also available for your workout needs at the hotel. All of the rooms and suites at the hotel come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $73 to $104. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Have you spent time in Bismarck before? Feel free to leave a comment here.

Things To Do In Louisville, Kentucky – Museums Outside Of Downtown

Two posts ago, I talked about the museums that you should check out when you are in the historic downtown area of Louisville. You can go here to read about the city’s downtown museums. Even though you will want to head downtown to check out the museums there, there are a few museums located outside of downtown that are just as worthy of your time for things to do in Louisville, Kentucky. I will cover them in this post.

Kentucky Derby Museum

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Louisville is renowned for being the host to the famous horse race known as the Kentucky Derby which normally takes place on the first Saturday of May annually. So, fans of horse racing will want to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. It is located on Central Avenue near Interstate 264 in Louisville’s southern section.

It is actually located onsite at the iconic Churchill Downs venue which is where the Kentucky Derby takes place. The museum contains a unique 360 degree theater that displays the film called The Greatest Race. This 18-minute long movie, which is displayed in 4k using the highest quality laser projection available, immerses you into a special behind the scenes look into the Kentucky Derby.

The museum houses two floors filled with Kentucky Derby-related exhibits. There are currently 21 exhibits for you to explore. You will have the opportunity to experience every step of a racing horse’s life from its birth to its appearance at the Kentucky Derby.

You will learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby stretching all the way back to 1875, when it first started, as well as what makes the famous horse race special. One interesting thing you will hear about at the museum is the roles that African-Americans had played in the horse racing industry. In addition to numerous exhibits, the museum also offer guided tours of Churchill Downs.

There are different types of Churchill Downs guided tours to choose from. One fun tour you will want to consider is the Racehorse Workout Tours. This is the tour where you can observe the horses undergoing training exercises in preparation for their races, including running around on the racetrack. You will learn the ins and outs of training during this tour.

This tour is sold separately for $15 per person. You can go here to get your tickets for this tour. The general admission fees for the Kentucky Derby Museum are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for children aged from 5 to 14. Those who are aged under 5 will get free admission. It is worth noting that a free Churchill Downs guided tour, Historic Walking Tour, is included with general admission tickets.

You can buy the tickets by going here. There is also an onsite restaurant called Derby Cafe Express. For those of you looking for souvenirs, a gift shop is located onsite.

Conrad-Caldwell House

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Located between downtown Louisville and the University of Louisville is a historic district called Old Louisville. This historic district is renowned for its breathtaking Victorian-era architecture. One place you will want to visit in Old Louisville is the Conrad-Caldwell House. It is a gorgeous house that serves as a museum. It is nicknamed Conrad’s Castle because it is designed to resemble a castle.

The house is built of Indiana limestone in the Richardsonian-Romanesque architectural style. The exterior of the house is beautified with gargoyles, archways, and elaborate stone designs. Indoors, the house is known for its beautiful woodwork and parquet floors. The house was built in 1895. It was owned and occupied by Theophile Conrad and his family.

Theophile was among the wealthiest residents in Louisville at that time. He was a prominent tanning businessman who built and owned the Conrad, Fabel, and Mooney Tannery in Louisville. He lived in the house until his death in 1905. In 1908, the house was sold to another wealthy Louisville businessman, William E. Caldwell, who had interests in water tanks through his company, W.E. Caldwell Company.

William then lived at the house with his family until 1938 when he died. As a result, the house is called the Conrad-Caldwell House for these two wealthy Louisville families that lived there. Today, the house houses a massive collection of period-specific items that demonstrate the lavish lifestyle of the two prominent Louisville businessmen and their families.

When you visit the house, you can learn about the two families that lived there, what the neighborhood was like during their days, and the era overall. The fees for visiting the Conrad-Caldwell House are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for students. You can head here to buy your passes.

Speed Art Museum

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The Speed Art Museum is located on South Third Street right next to the University of Louisville campus. It is halfway between the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Conrad-Caldwell House. The Speed Art Museum is the largest art museum in Kentucky. So, art enthusiasts won’t want to miss this museum.

The museum is known for its prominent display of paintings and sculptures, especially from European and American artists. Artwork in the African, ancient, Native American, modernism, and contemporary art categories are also housed at the museum for you to check out.

There are currently seven exhibits available at the museum such as The World Turned Upside Down, Kentucky Women: Enid Yandell, and Andy Warhol: Revelation. The admission prices for the Speed Art Museum are $20 for adults and $14 for seniors, military personnel, and children aged 4 to 17.

Admission is free for those aged under 4. Also, if you get hungry during your time at the museum, you can head to Wiltshire At The Speed which is the museum’s onsite restaurant.

These are the museums outside of downtown that you will want to visit for things to do in Louisville, Kentucky. They are generally located between downtown Louisville and Muhammad Ali International Airport. Also, if you want to see the lovely Kentucky countryside, I would suggest you visit this post from a couple weeks ago for a few suggestions on the horse farms that you should visit.

Louisville Hotels

Should you need a place to stay overnight at during your time in Louisville, I am here to help you out with this. Here are the two hotels I would suggest for you.

Hampton Inn Louisville Airport

This hotel is located on Phillips Lane just across Interstate 264 from the city’s airport. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. If you get hungry, a few dining options nearby include Blue Horse Restaurant, Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen, and Chili’s. There is an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center available for you to use at the hotel.

All of the hotel rooms come with WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $98 to $240. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Comfort Suites Airport

This hotel is located on Paramount Park Drive at the interchange of Interstate 65 and Kentucky Route 1747 at the southeastern corner of Muhammad Ali International Airport. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. A few nearby restaurant to dine at include Outback Steakhouse, El Nopal, and Frisch’s Big Boy. The hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.

There is also a fitness center for your workout needs at the hotel. All of the suites at the hotel come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $93 to $181. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Have you been to any of these non-downtown museums in Louisville before? Feel free to leave a comment below.

What To Do In Kentucky – Frankfort

Frankfort is located on Interstate 64 in the US state of Kentucky between two vibrant cities that just so happen to start with the letter “L”. They are Louisville and Lexington. Frankfort is nestled in a scenic spot with the Kentucky River winding its way through the city in a S curve. Frankfort serves as the state capital of Kentucky. As such, there are a few places that will give you a reason to visit the city for what to do in Kentucky.

Kentucky State Capitol

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The Kentucky State Capitol is located on Capital Avenue just west of the Kentucky River in the south part of Frankfort. The grand state capitol is designed in the Beaux-Arts architectural style. It was built in 1910. It is built of Indiana limestone and Vermont granite. The interior of the state capitol is renowned for its classical French designs.

The staircases are an example of this as they are replicas of the ones found at Opera Garnier in Paris, France. The state capitol contains three full floors. It houses the office of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear who is himself the son of Steve Beshear, the state’s governor from 2007 to 2015. The state legislature is housed inside two chambers on opposing sides of the state capitol.

One thing that is worth noting is that unlike many other state supreme courts which are housed in buildings that aren’t their state’s capitols, the Kentucky Supreme Court is actually housed inside the state capitol. Located in the rotunda of the state capitol are statues dedicated to notable Kentuckians. The most famous of these is former US President Abraham Lincoln.

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Even though he is widely known for his Illinois roots prior to his presidency, he was actually born in Kentucky. The other statues in the rotunda are for Henry Clay, Dr. Ephraim McDowell, and former US Vice President Alben Barkley. The walk to the state capitol is rewarding in of itself. The main entrance to the building is lined with a wide pink walkway containing a neat median filled with a long lawn and a circular flower bed.

The walkway is lined on both sides by eye-pleasing lampposts and trees. Also located on the state capitol’s beautiful grounds is a floral clock. So, you will want to check that out too. The admission to the state capitol is free of charge for everyone.

Old State Capitol

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The Old State Capitol is located on West Broadway Street in Frankfort’s historic downtown. Before the state government moved into the current state capitol which I just discussed above, it had a more humble beginning at the old state capitol. The old state capitol served as the seat of state government from 1830 until 1910 when the new state capitol was built and the state government relocated there.

The architectural style of the old state capitol is Greek Revival. This particular architectural style was chosen in order to convey the connection of the young state of Kentucky to the ancient Greek concept of popular democratic government. The front of the old state capitol building is reflective of the Temple of Minerva Polias at Priene in ancient Greece.

A few other architectural features of the old state capitol to note of include a self-supporting stone stairway and a domed lantern designed to let in sunlight. The old state capitol served as the climax to the bitterly contested 1899 election for governor of Kentucky. That was when one of the claimants to the governorship, William Goebel, was assassinated just outside the old state capitol building in January of 1900.

He was on his way to being inaugurated as Kentucky’s governor when the assassination happened. There is a plaque posted in front of the old state capitol to mark the spot where the assassination happened. The old state capitol is now a museum where you can learn about the politics of 19th century Kentucky and the contested governor election that led to the assassination of William Goebel.

The admission prices for the old state capitol are $8 for adults and $6 for veterans and youth aged from 6 to 18. Those who are under the age of 6 will get free admission.

Liberty Hall

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In addition to being the state capital of Kentucky, Frankfort is known to contain numerous historic homes. One such example of this is Liberty Hall. This historic home is located on Wilkinson Street west of downtown Frankfort near the Kentucky River. It is a two-story, five-bay brick home built in the Federal architectural style. The historic home was built sometime between 1796 and 1800 by John Brown.

John was the first US Senator from the state of Kentucky. He served in this role from June of 1792 to March of 1805. He is best known for his major role in pushing for the form of the state of Kentucky and its admittance into the union. Before Kentucky became a state, it was a part of Virginia.

He pushed for Kentucky’s statehood during serving as a US Representative from Virginia from March of 1789 to June of 1792. Liberty Hall now operates as a museum that contains a collection of artifacts that once belonged to John Brown and his family. The surrounding grounds is beautiful and include a number of gardens on the banks of the Kentucky River.

The admission prices for Liberty Hall are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for youth aged from 6 to 18. There is free admission for those who are aged under 6. You can go here to buy your tickets.

These places offer you an incentive to check out Frankfort for what to do in Kentucky. Also, Frankfort is located in the state’s Bluegrass region which is also known as Horse Country. This region is world famous for being home to hundreds of lovely horse farms.

You can check out this post from last week to learn about a few horse farms you should visit in Kentucky. Also, if you are looking to head to Louisville, I would suggest a few downtown museums to visit. My previous post covers this.

Frankfort, Kentucky Hotels

If you are in need of a hotel to stay overnight at during your visit to Frankfort, I am happy to help you out with this. Here are two hotels I would suggest for you.

Hampton Inn Frankfort

This hotel is located on US Route 127 South just north of its interchange with Interstate 64. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. If you get hungry, a few nearby dining options include LongHorn Steakhouse, Ginza’s Japanese and Sushi, and Johnny Carino’s. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center available at the hotel for you to use.

All of the hotel’s rooms come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $104 to $160. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Frankfort

This hotel is located on US Route 60 just north of the interchange with Interstate 64. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. Should you feel hungry, a few places nearby to eat out include Cattleman’s Roadhouse, Miguel’s Restaurante, and Cracker Barrel. The hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. A fitness center is available for your workout needs at the hotel.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi and coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room range from $120 to $189. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Have you visited the state capital of Kentucky before? Feel free to drop a comment below.

Things To Do In Louisville, Kentucky – Downtown Museums

The river city of Louisville is blessed to have a bustling downtown to explore. One fun thing you can do downtown is to explore its treasured museums. The museums of downtown Louisville are located in the West Main District. The district contains some of the oldest structures in the city. It houses a neat collection of buildings containing cast iron facades.

In fact, this downtown district has the largest collection of such buildings outside of New York City’s SoHo district. The West Main District is also known as Museum Row because of the concentration of downtown’s museums within the district. If you are heading downtown for things to do in Louisville, Kentucky, here are some museums you will want to check out.

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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

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The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is located on West Main Street in downtown Louisville. The museum is remarkably easy to spot thanks in big part to the huge replica of a baseball bat that leans against the museum building. This is the largest baseball bat replica in the world.

It stands at 120 feet high and weighs 68,000 pounds. It is a replica of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat that legendary New York Yankees baseball player, Babe Ruth, once batted with. His baseball bat measured at 34 inches long.

This museum is dedicated to a group of baseball bats called the Louisville Slugger. Believe it or not, this museum is actually also a working factory that has been making the Louisville Slugger baseball bats since 1884. You can even take a tour of the factory in order to witness the world-class baseball bats being made. You can find an impressive 17-ton sculpture of a baseball glove at the museum.

This sculpture is made of Kentucky limestones that are 450 million years old. Be sure to visit the Signature Wall within the museum. This is where you can go to view the names, in both print and signature forms, of all the baseball players who had signed a contract with the Louisville Slugger in order to use their baseball bats during their games.

You will then want to make your way to the museum’s treasured Bat Vault. This is where you can check out more than three thousand original baseball bat models. Some of these models are at least one hundred years old. As you hold these baseball bats, you can learn about the baseball players who had used these models during their games and careers, from Ted Williams to Babe Ruth.

It is now time to actually try out these baseball bats including these used by baseball greats like Bath Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Derek Jeter. You can bat with these baseball bats at Bud’s Batting Cage within the museum. As you visit the museum, you will eventually receive a free Louisville Slugger baseball bat to take home with you as a souvenir.

After you visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, it will be easy to see why Forbes called this museum one of the greatest sports museums in the world. The admission prices for the museum are $16 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $9 for children aged from 6 to 12. Those who are aged 5 and under will get free admission. You can go here to buy your tickets. The museum also contains an onsite store.

Kentucky Science Center

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The Kentucky Science Center is located across West Main Street to the northeast from the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. This is the largest hands-on science museum in the US state of Kentucky. The museum is divided into six fun hands-on exhibits. The first one is called Science in Play. This is an especially fun exhibit for children.

The exhibit allows them to basically investigate and play around with things in order to see how and/or why things work the way they do. It is divided into nine activity zones. Some of them include Science Depot, Color & Light, Shapes and Stuff Store, and Cityscape. The second hands-on exhibit is called The MakerPlace.

This is basically the exhibit where children aged 8 and up will try to invent things using many tools available to them. This is a chance for them to have fun while at the same time, developing problem-solving skills that are particularly useful in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Uniquely Human is the third hands-on exhibit.

This is the exhibit where you can learn about human beings, their unique characteristics, and how they operate. The World We Create hands-on exhibit is the place where you can learn about and experiment with some of the inventions of man such as rockets, bridges, wind tubes, and construction cranes. The Discovery Gallery hands-on exhibit veers into natural history territory.

This is the exhibit where you can check out cool gems and fossils, get up and personal with two real, life-sized polar bears, and soak yourself into an ancient Egyptian mummy. In the final hands-on exhibit, The World Around Us, you will learn about the planet that we live on – Earth.

The ticket prices for the Kentucky Science Center are $17 for adults and $13 for kids aged from 2 to 12. Free admission is available for those aged under 2. You can head here to purchase your tickets for the museum.

KMAC Museum

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the KMAC Museum neighbors the Kentucky Science Center to the east on West Main Street. This is downtown Louisville’s premier museum for art. This is the museum where you can check out gorgeous contemporary artworks, especially these coming from regional artists.

The artworks at the museum take on different forms including pen and ink drawing, ceramics, woodworking, painting, photography, glassmaking, film, video, and found objects. The museum houses a collection of 300 pieces of artwork that explore Kentucky’s geography and culture with themes including agriculture, domestic life, economy, class, religious belief, and rural-influenced pastimes.

The museum currently hosts two main exhibits. They are Julie Baldyga’s Heavenly People and Where Paradise Lay. These exhibits will run through November of 2020. The admission prices for the KMAC Museum are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and military members. Those who are under the age of 18 will receive free admission to the museum.

You can go here to buy your passes for the museum. It is worth noting that the passes are good through November 8th, 2020. Also, if you get hungry during your visit to the museum, you have the option to head to KMAC Cafe which is located onsite.

These are some museums for you to visit downtown for things to do in Louisville, Kentucky. Also, if you are into boxing, I would suggest you to check out this post from last month. That is because it contains a few key attractions in Louisville that are related to boxing legend, Muhammad Ali.

Louisville Hotel

If you are in need of a hotel to stay at during your time in Louisville visiting these downtown museum, I have got your back. Here is a hotel that I would suggest for you.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Louisville Downtown

This hotel is located on West Market Street just south of all three of the downtown museums I mentioned. It is extremely close to the museums which are located just one street north on West Main Street. You could walk up to them from this hotel in just five minutes or under. There is free breakfast available at the hotel.

Should you get hungry, there surely are plenty of restaurants around the corner including Mussel & Burger Bar Downtown, Proof on Main, and Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant, just to name a few. The hotel houses a fitness center for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, Keurig coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators.

The average rate for a standard room range from $105 to $260. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking to visit these downtown Louisville museums? Feel free to leave a comment below.

What To Do In Kentucky – Horse Farms

The US state of Kentucky may be famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby horse racing, but the state is also renowned for being home to peaceful horse farms. Many of them are located in an area of central Kentucky known as the Bluegrass region. This region is home to the vibrant city of Lexington and the state capital of Frankfort. Here are the horse farms you should visit for what to do in Kentucky.

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Sun Valley Farm

Sun Valley Farm is located on New Cut Road around halfway between Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital, and Versailles. The beautiful residence that you see on this horse farm was built in 1831 by Samuel Pepper who was the son of prominent bourbon distiller, Elijah Pepper. Elijah built his bourbon distillery just across the lane from the horse farm. It now operates as the Woodford Reserve Distillery.

The appearance of the residence on the horse farm has remained unchanged from its mid 19th century days. The horse farm is now owned and operated by Barry and Jan Butzer and their son, Brett. This horse farm focuses on the mares who have been known to breed world-class racing horses. The horse mothers are called dams. This horse farm has been known to sell the dams of more than 200 stakes horses worldwide.

That is the most of any horse enterprise in the state of Kentucky. Some dams that had been sold include these of Harlan’s Holiday, Heritage of Gold, Kodiak Kowboy, Kudos, Saga Novel, Raise Suzuran, and Tour of the Cat. All of these horses have won at least one million dollars for their owners. Barry and Jan’s son, Brett, handles the tours at Sun Valley Farm.

On your tour of the horse farm, you can observe the mares and their baby horses (called foals) out on the scenic pastures, see the nursery where the mares and their newly born foals bond with each other, and get a better understanding of the breeding process that the mares go through. The tours will go for $20 for adults and $15 for children. You can go here to book your tour of the horse farm.

Claiborne Farm

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Claiborne Farm is located on Winchester Road in Paris, a small town about thirty minutes drive northeast of Lexington. This is another one of the lovely horse farms you will want to visit. Claiborne Farm was the recipient of the prestigious Readers’ Choice Award for #1 Horse Farm by the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper in 2018.

This horse farm has been owned and operated by four generation of Hancock men. Walker Hancock currently owns and runs the horse farm. He took over in 2015 from his father, Seth Hancock, who is still alive. While Sun Valley Farm focuses on the mares who give births to world-class racing horse, Claiborne Farm focuses on the stallions and their offsprings – both of which are renowned racing horses.

So, horse racing fans should be pleased with the opportunity to observe some of these famous racing horses in person. They include War Front, Orb, Runhappy, and Blame. In the more than 100 years that Claiborne Farm has been in operation, more than 300 champion racing horses have been sired (fathered) by stallions who had lived there at some point in its history. That include six of the thirteen Triple Crown winners.

The most famous racing horse to have lived at the horse farm is Secretariat who won the Triple Crown championship in 1973. He died at the horse farm in October of 1989 at the age of nineteen. He is regarded as one of the greatest racing horses of all time. He is currently buried at the horse farm.

This horse farm offer guided walking tours where you can also visit the breeding shed that has given birth to more than eighty champion racing horses, the stalls where some of the most famous racing horses live, and the cemetery where Secretariat is buried. The prices for the tours are $20 for adults and $11 for children aged 12 and under. You can go here to book them.

WinStar Farm

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WinStar Farm is located on Pisgah Pike just northeast of Versailles. This horse farm was established in 2000 by Kenny Troutt and his business partner, Bill Casner. This is the newest horse farm that I have mentioned here in this post. Even though this is a relatively new horse farm, the charming farmhouse along with the pond, smokehouse, bank barn, and Osage orange allee have all been there since the 18th century.

As is the case with Claiborne Farm, this horse farm is known for being home to champion racing horses that roam these lush pastures. That includes Justify who is the most recent Triple Crown champion, having won the championship in 2018. Another notable stallion who resides at the horse farm is Pioneerof the Nile. He is the sire of American Pharoah who was the Triple Crown winner in 2015.

WinStar Farm offers a one hour tour of the property. That includes a visit to the state of the art barn where you can get up and personal with some of these stallions and learn about their daily lives. Another place that you will visit is the breeding shed where a collection of stallions breed at least 2,700 mares annually. The booking fee is $30 per person. You can book your tours here.

These are the horse farms that you should visit for what to do in Kentucky. These horse farms are a staple of the Kentucky countryside.

Kentucky Hotels

If you are in need of a hotel to stay at while visiting these lovely horse farms, I am happy to help you out with this. Here are the two hotels that I would suggest for you. Both of these hotels are located in Lexington as I believe the city is the best hub for reaching all three of the horse farms.

Hampton Inn Lexington South-Keeneland/Airport

This hotel is located on Lakecrest Circle near the interchange of US Route 68 and Kentucky Route 4 on Lexington’s west side. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Bru Burger Bar, Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine, and Texas Roadhouse. The hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool.

There is also a fitness center available for you to use at the hotel. All of the hotel’s rooms come with WiFi and coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room range from $101 to $208. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lexington Dtwn Area-Keenland

This hotel is located on Sharkey Way near the interchange of US Route 421 and Kentucky Route 4 on Lexington’s northwest side. The hotel offers free breakfast. For the hungry, a few nearby dining options include Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen, Mancino’s Pizza, and Thoroughbred Restaurant. The hotel contains a hybrid indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.

A fitness center is also available for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $99 to $197. You can go here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking to experience Kentucky’s Horse Country with these horse farms? Feel free to leave a comment below.

What To Do In Alabama – Civil Rights

Alabama is a land that is treasured with history related to the American civil rights era. The southeastern US state was once marred by segregation policies. These were a product of the Jim Crow laws that required separate facilities for white and black Americans. Racial segregation was enforced in states across the southern part of the United States sometime after slavery was abolished in the country in the mid 1860’s.

Racial segregation lasted in these states until the 1960’s. It was in Alabama that the civil rights movement was formed and brought down the Jim Crow laws that were responsible for the racial segregation. As a result, there are a few attractions within the state that honors the civil rights legacy. History buffs with an interest in America’s civil rights movement will want to visit these places for what to do in Alabama.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is located on 16th Street North in the downtown area of Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city. It explores the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The museum also makes note of Birmingham’s contributions to the civil rights movement. You can also learn about the history of African-American life at the museum.

The museum is divided into four galleries. They are Human Rights, Movement, Confrontation, and Barrier. In addition to these four permanent exhibits, there are two special exhibits and five traveling exhibits at the museum for you to explore. The two special exhibits are Odessa Woolfolk Gallery and Blood Mirror by Jordan Eagles.

The five traveling exhibits currently at the museum are Courage Under Fire, Selma-to-Montgomery, Remember 4 Little Girls: A Gallery of Creative Expressions, Elder Grace, and Living in Limbo. The admission prices for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute are $15 for adults, $6 for college students, and $5 for seniors and youth from grades 4 through 12.

Those who are in grades 3 and under will get free admission. You can go here to buy your tickets for the museum.

Birmingham Hotel Suggestion: Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Lakeshore Drive

This hotel is located on State Farm Parkway next to Interstate 65 south of downtown Birmingham. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. There is an onsite restaurant and bar called 5:30 Kickback that offer a rotating menu of free evening food and beverages. So, if you get hungry in the evening, you may want to check it out. The hotel houses a hybrid indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.

There is also a fitness center available at the hotel for you to use. All of the hotel rooms and suites have WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $108 to $178. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

National Voting Rights Museum

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The National Voting Rights Museum is located on US Route 80 BUS in the historic town of Selma which is about 52 minutes drive west of Montgomery, the state capital of Alabama. This museum is located right next to the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge. The bridge was the site of a deadly incident known as Bloody Sunday which took place in March of 1965.

That was when the civil rights demonstrators were attacked and brutally beaten by Alabama state troopers with horses, billy clubs, and tear gas. The demonstrators were attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery to fight for voting rights for African-Americans. After the first two attempts to march from Selma to Montgomery failed, a third attempt took place in late March of 1965.

In the third attempt, demonstrators were successful able to march all the way to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery from Selma in order to demand voting rights for black Americans. At first, their goal for voting rights were limited to the state level in Alabama. However, after the Bloody Sunday incident attracted national and international headlines, the issue of African-American voting rights was tackled at the federal level.

The US Congress passed the Voting Rights Act and former US president Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law in August of 1965. The National Voting Rights Museum is where you can learn all about the historic fight for African-American voting rights in America. The admission fees for the museum are $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for seniors and students.

Rosa Parks Museum

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The Rosa Parks Museum is located on Montgomery Street in downtown Montgomery. The museum is centered around Rosa Parks who was an African-American woman famous for her refusal to get off a front seat on a Montgomery city bus. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, the southern US underwent racial segregation throughout the first half of the 20th century and buses were no exception.

Back in Rosa Parks days, African-Americans were required by Montgomery city ordinances to sit in the back of the bus, if told to do so by the bus driver, in order to allow white passengers to sit in the front of the bus. In December of 1955, Rosa Parks was ordered by bus driver James F. Blake to get off her front seat and go to the back of the bus so that a white passenger can sit in that seat.

But she refused to obey the bus driver’s order and was arrested as a result. That sparked the Montgomery bus boycott in order to protest the racial segregation on Montgomery city buses. The bus boycott lasted for one year from December of 1955 to December of 1956.

The bus boycott resulted in a decision by the US Supreme Court that the laws in Alabama and Montgomery that enforced the racial segregation on buses, were unconstitutional. The Montgomery bus boycott marked the beginning of the overall civil rights movement in the US during the 1950’s and 1960’s for equal rights for black Americans.

It also resulted in the emergence of Martin Luther King Jr. as a prominent African-American civil rights leader during that time period. The signature feature of the Rosa Parks Museum is a replica of the city bus that Rosa Parks was on. There are even reenactments of the Rosa Parks bus incident.

The admission prices for the museum are $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for those aged from 4 to 12. Those who are under the age of 4 will have free admission to the museum.

Montgomery Hotel Suggestion: Hampton Inn & Suites Montgomery East Chase

This hotel is located on Eastchase Parkway neighboring Interstate 85 on Montgomery’s east side. There is complimentary breakfast offered at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby dining options include Urban Cookhouse, Firebirds Wood Fried Grill, and Bonefish Grill. The hotel contains an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center for you to use.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $119 to $184. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

So, these are the places that you will want to go to for what to do in Alabama. They will give you a better feel for what the American civil rights movement was like in the 1950’s and 1960’s and the role that Alabama played in it. What are your thoughts? Have you been to any of these civil rights attractions before? Feel free to leave a comment here.