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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone Number: 205 328 9696
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Ranked #2 of 31 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who...
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Attraction details
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Everyone should see the institute. The struggle was real and the exhibits showed that. Many times I was moved to tears. I'm from Atlanta and I was surrounded by civil rights growing up. The school system doesn't give the civil rights movement any acknowledgement or very little to the students. The sounds and video were just moving. LOVED IT....I will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had heard how special this institute was and it delivered. It is thoughtfully curated and takes you through the events in a meaningful progression. The artifacts and personal testimonies that have been collected bring the events to life. Some parts of the collection are overwhelming and hard to see or hear but it is all part of the experience.... More 

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Rockland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Each time a visitor came to town I'd take them here and without fail each person was deeply moved, some to tears. I've been numerous times. Certain exhibits still make my eyes fill with tears. This is a subject matter that is not given the attention it deserves in our school systems. It is quite possible that a person can... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I grew up in the 50's & 60' knowing there was a struggle for civil rights but didn't not understand what was going on in the USA. We are glad we took the time to view the intro video because it made the rest of the museum more meaningful. Give yourself at less 3 hours to have your eyes opened... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Civil Rights Institute has to be one of the most moving museums I have ever been to. Well laid out exhibits tell the story of the heartache of this era in US history. Moving. Personal. Defining.

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Sylva, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

After having moved from Birmingham several years ago, I was back to visit and accompanied a friend to the Civil Rights Institute. This was her first visit; can't count how many times I had previously been. And it still moved me, after many visits and intervening years. The exhibits are so well done and teach about events and people in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a must see for people of all ages, races ,creeds and colors. The museum showcases the struggle of African-Americans to gain their civil rights. It reminds us all that we need to be aware of how people are treated and to never stand by and not speak up about something wrong. Many of the exhibits are hard to... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Should be one of the top ten things to see in the US. Factual historical presentation for human rights. This is a must see in Birmingham!

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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is AMAZING! Everyone needs to visit this place. It breaks your hearts, makes you think and gives great joy. Make sure you take the kids too!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This museum is extremely well put together. The exhibit starts by watching a film about the struggle for civil rights for blacks in America, and I don't want to spoil it, but the ending is amazing. Each exhibit is thoughtfully assembled so that everyone, from children to adults, can engage on one level or another. For instance, there is a... More 

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