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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
205 328 9696
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Ranked #2 of 44 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who changed the course of American history. The struggle... more » Owner description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who changed the course of American history. The struggle for equality for Black Americans is chronicled here, from the Jim Crow laws in the 1800s to the freedom rides, sit-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s. « less
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Alabaster, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

They make it almost mandatory here in Alabama for our children to visit the civil rights institute, when a whole lot of us were not even born. Not sure of the need to live in the past and certainly don't see any benefit to the kids of the way people acted 50 years ago?

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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Exhibits are in excellent taste and well done, historically accurate, appealing and educational. There is adequate flow of visitor traffic, and something for every age. We enjoyed the beautiful art work on exhibit.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A very comprehensive facility that provides accessible, interpretative displays for all ages and cultures.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Some parts were emotional but well worth it. Every person of color need to visit and learn and reflect.

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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This is wonderfully laid out and informative. They have a really good combination of video, audio and visual material which you walk around, I spent nearly 3 hours reading and watching and I found it very moving. Please do not miss visiting and talking to the staff who work here

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Sullivan,Missouri
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

This was by far one of my favorite museums I have ever been in. I was skeptical at first, but after the short film you watch at first, it pulls you in. I'm not an emotional guy, especially in museums, but this was the first to move me. It's location is perfect for the story it tells as well. I... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The site that left me the most changed was the church where the four young AA girls were murdered. You almost feel the sadness and it is like God has left the feeling of lost innocence on those grounds. Something to actually be in a place that you read about in school so many years ago.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We have been to other civil rights museums but this was by far the best we had visited. Senior admission only $5.00 and well worth it. Tour starts with an informative film, then memorabilia and history from post civil war to present. Much of it from 60's to present I well remembered and brought back so many memories. We were... More

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Pinson, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This museum sits next to the historic 16th Street Baptist Church and across from the Kelly Ingram Park. They do not allow photographs or cell phones and all bags must be left with security. However, it is well worth it. There are striking info-graphics and an interesting film before you enter the actual museum. It's easy to navigate and not... More

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Brentwood, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This was a wonderful history lesson for our entire family. We brought our 4 grandchildren, ages 14 to 5, with us to tour this museum and were not disappointed. As we toured the exhibits and discussed them with our grandchildren we were brought to tears as we tried to explain the events to each of them. We also went across... More

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