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History Made Real

I am a lifelong teacher so this site has special significance to me. The staff and rangers there... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Topeka, Kansas
I loved the hand crafted artwork.

Very educational with rangers available to answer any questions. I liked the kindergarten room with... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Debbie H
Topeka, Kansas
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The Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in the 1954 Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation in public schools, is now a National Historic Site commemorating this landmark ruling.
1515 SE Monroe St, Topeka, KS 66612-1143
+1 785-354-4273
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I am a lifelong teacher so this site has special significance to me. The staff and rangers there have a wealth of knowledge to share about the site and it's history. I learned a lot during my visit. Will be going back could not take...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very educational with rangers available to answer any questions. I liked the kindergarten room with the piano. The music and videos were thought provoking. The outside mural is fantastic.

Thank Debbie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone should be reminded of the struggles experienced by our country during the Civil Rights era. It was a great perspective. Well done.

Thank Asleo55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Supreme Court decision started the end of nearly one hundred years of segregation. We have come a long way in overcoming racism. There is much more to do. If you believe that whites are the superior race, "white supremacy" is the obvious extension. While...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Small, well done museum. Does a great job of telling the story of civil rights issues but also a personal touch with rangers on site talks as well. I’ve been twice and both times there wasn’t a big crowd there...which was a good thing. Have...More

Thank CHazen
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

I feel this is one of those places every American should visit in their lifetime. It makes you realize how far we have come and how much we have to go. It’s sad that it wasn’t even that long ago. I would make it a...More

Thank Brooklyn M
Reviewed 3 August 2018

We came in the evening just 15 minutes before they closed. We were able to do a quick walk through of the building. We wished we had more time, and hope to come back at a later date. There is a small gift shop with...More

Thank FromSea2ShiningC
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Small but powerful- sit and watch the movie about the 5 cases, view the exhibits and be sure to walk down the hallway where you take the brunt of the racist comments being hurled at you.... I won’t forget that portion. Not that much inside...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

We loved spending about an hour here. We so appreciated having a member of the staff near the entrance to explain the layout of the building to help guide our tour. Exhibits were meaningful and well-laid out. We enjoyed looking through the Kindergarten classroom and...More

Thank MandaPea
Reviewed 25 July 2018

This is a great place to go to learn about the historic SCOTUS decision overturning "separate but equal". The museum is an actual school with classrooms and all that offers. At one point you enter a tunnel where your movement sets off a tape of...More

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26 November 2017|
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Response from Lynette A | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know, because we went during the week, but I think it is open every day, except major holidays.
25 November 2017|
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Response from cindyn919 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.....They are open except on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. It is a awesome place! And there is handicap parking in the back.
7 September 2017|
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Response from Previa1994 | Reviewed this property |
The more time you spend the more you learn and appreciate the history!