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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone Number: 205 328 9696
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of...
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.
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nice and easy to follow exhibition. I had 2 hours and couldn't finish to go through all on display. We came on a Sunday when ticket prices are voluntary. You decide what you pay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and found it to be very worthwhile because as Americans we need to remember and learn from mistakes others made years ago and to honor those who fought for those rights. The museum has at least 6 galleries and is laid out so you follow a path that takes you... More 

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Lunenburg, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The museum does a great job educating people on this very sad part of history that a lot of people would rather forget ever happened. The information was presented in a really informative way, and also shed light on current civil rights issues around the globe.

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

nice and easy to follow exhibition. I had 2 hours and couldn't finish to go through all on display. We came on a Sunday when ticket prices are voluntary. You decide what you pay. They seem strict on no photography, no food/drinks (even water) and no bags. The parking meters outside don't tell you, but no need to pay on... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Powerful, educational and deeply moving. Came here as part of a Coast to Coast trip with a group of 9 others from the UK. Found the museum very informative and really expanded my knowledge on this subject.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I appreciated the tribute to the lives of individuals who took a stand against racism at the peril of their own personal safety. Wish I could have stayed longer.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is a must see if you're in Birmingham. A very moving exhibition across the street from the 16th St Baptist church were four girls were martyred in the struggle for civil rights in 1963. A very moving experience, the excerpt of MLK's letter from a Birmingham jail brought tears to my eyes.

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a must see in Birmingham. The exhibits are exceptional. There seemed to be a great deal of security around. Be sure to see the video at the church as well.

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Cheverly, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This was the best museum I have been to, and I live I the DC area and have been to the Smithsonian Institutes. The displays are informative and somewhat interactive. Go when you have several hours or plan to return. They have a mix of dioramas and news clips in an easy to follow time line. The entrance fee is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was a great way to spend our Good Friday afternoon. I traveled with my husband, my 11 year old son, 10 year old autistic daughter and parents with personal experiences of segregation. The Institute was well organized, informative and interactive enough to keep everyone's attention. The information presented was factual and often disturbing for my... More 

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Copley, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Our famly decided to make the stop in Biringham on our way to Louisiana. Very glad we made the stop. The institute was very nicely nice and very educational. If you travel on a Sunday, the street parking is free. Allow for 1-2 hours for your visit.

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