TROY’s Rosa Parks Museum closes for technology renovations

Renovations to technology within the Rosa Parks Museum are expected to be completed by mid-January.

Renovations to technology within the Rosa Parks Museum are expected to be completed by mid-January.

Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum and Children’s Wing will be closed through the middle of January to undergo renovation to the museum’s technology.

The project, which is the first major upgrade of the museum since its opening in 2000, will convert all current analog technology to digital, high definition. In addition, the video reenactment of the scene that took place aboard a Montgomery city bus that led to Mrs. Parks’ Dec. 1, 1955 arrest was completely reproduced by a film crew that visited the Montgomery Campus earlier this fall. The video, one the of the museum’s most popular exhibits, appears in the second room of the museum, which is often referred to as the “bus room” because it contains one of the two original 1950s era buses.

“While we are sorry for any inconvenience this may present for those who might want to visit through the holiday season, we are very excited about these improvements and the enhanced experience they will provide for our visitors,” said Donna Beisel, the museum’s Director of Operations. “Our mission is to honor the legacy of Mrs. Parks and that of the bus boycott, and we believe these improvements, along with other future upgrades, will equip us to offer a better experience and engage more effectively with our guests. We encourage those who are interested to follow the museum’s Facebook page for updates on our progress.”  

Earlier this year, the museum received a $150,000 grant from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama to help fund the technological improvements, which is one phase of a larger project to upgrade the museum. Future improvements will focus on the important roles that women and local churches played in the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Located on the University’s Montgomery Campus on the spot of Mrs. Parks’ historic 1955 arrest, the museum opened on Dec. 1, 2000, with the mission of interpreting the story and legacy of Mrs. Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott for future generations. Constructed on the site of the former Empire Theater, the museum has become a major landmark in the revitalization of downtown Montgomery and annually draws visitors from throughout the country and around the world.