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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, KS 66612-1143
+1 785-354-4273
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We are so happy we got to experience this museum. The designers of the experience balanced reading... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Susan T
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Nice education gem for children and adults!

My husband and I decided to take a mini trip to Topeka (Brown V. Board of Education National... read more

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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.
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1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, KS 66612-1143
+1 785-354-4273
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We are so happy we got to experience this museum. The designers of the experience balanced reading and interaction, emotion and facts, and pathos and inspiration in a way that is very meaningful. Yes, some of the usual folks were highlighted, but they also focused...More

Thank Susan T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to take a mini trip to Topeka (Brown V. Board of Education National History Museum) from Fort Riley on Saturday June 17th around 1pm. We enjoyed our little time here, we even purchased a book for our little one. I...More

Thank outlawwife
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very special place that my two kids and I visited. Absolutely beautiful and well laid out. There were interactive activities my boys could play with. It was so informative, it felt so special to have been there. I can't wait to go...More

Thank Angiedaweeze
Reviewed 19 May 2017

We called to find out when the ranger led tour took place, and it is definitely worthwhile to time your visit so that you don't miss this. You'll get a great deal of history about segregation, migration, settlement in Topeka. The remainder or the tour...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This site is a museum located in the school attended by black children in Topeka during the time of segregation. Some of the children lived in the neighborhood of a white school and their desire to attend that school was the focus of the lawsuit...More

Thank Don D
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

This important piece of history is quietly tucked away in Topeka, KS. Not far off the interstate, it's a great break from traveling out west to stretch and soak in some history. The entire visit could take 1-2 hours max. Public restrooms are available. The...More

1  Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This National Site is a top 5 of understanding by video, viewing and by being in the 60's time tunnel experiencing the civil disturbances of that time. It is free and welcome to all.

1  Thank Terry_H350
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We stopped at the brown museum while travelling across the country and it was easily one of the best stops we could have ever made. The place is simply amazing and my words will simply fail the powerful message that this slice of history has...More

1  Thank ATravelDriver
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Had a very nice time here while visiting. You could spend almost all day reading all the information that is here. Disagree with the BLM stuff for sale, because they're not always civil

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful site to see in Topeka. The facility is beautifully restored and staff is great. A must for history buffs!

Thank ReneeM62
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About how long should a family plan to spend here?
12 April 2017|
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Response from bLiselotte | Reviewed this property |
You can spend about 1-2 hours
Brenda F
Is it open on Sunday?
8 October 2016|
Response from eliza-china | Reviewed this property |
Yes from 9-5pm daily.
Heather C
What are the operating hours? I cant seem to find that info anywhere. We'd like to stop in here for an hour with our 4 kids (ages 5-12) toward the end of our eastwards jaunt across Kansas, but with frequent stops along the way and the time zone change, I'm afraid we might get to Topeka too late to see anything (working plan is Aurora, CO to Lawrence, KS).
14 February 2016|
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Response from Deborah A T | Reviewed this property |
9-5 daily There is a continuous loop movie that gives a history of slavery and the fight for education for blacks. There are also several different exhibits and time lines on civil rights, slavery and education. The Rangers... More