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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 30 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
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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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HONOLULU
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We liked walking through the displays and seeing the historic church across the street that got bombed. There is a free parking lot.

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HANOVER PARK
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Very educational. Nice exhibits and layout. Staff are helpful. The 16th Street Baptist Church, where the young girls were killed due to a bomb put in the church during the Civil Rights Movement, is right across the street. It was like history coming alive in front of my eyes.

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wellington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The struggle for black emancipation both in Africa and in America dominated my youthful sixties.It was pure education and nostalgia to walk through the struggle of the sixties in such detail once again and listen to that wonderful'dream speech 'again.

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Dublin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The institute does an excellent job of presenting the stories of those involved in the civil rights movement both locally and nationally, and the struggle they went through.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This is a well planned museum and you'll learn something new no matter how knowledgeable you are. It was Sunday so was free (though their fees for other days are quite reasonable) and the docents were very helpful. It's open and well lighted and worth a visit. Unfortunately the 16th Street Baptist Church across the street was closed for visitors... More

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Houston, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Visited the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute with my daughter and grand-daughter. It was a wonderful and memorable trip for each of us and we had different emotions based on our experiences across 3 generations. The museum had a great flow with many interesting artifacts from both history and culture. It is a must see in historic Birmingham and make sure... More

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salzburg
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This institute gives you an extremely interesting presentation of the human rights struggle in the USA. Very well designed museum, impressive video presentations and individuel reseach possbilities. What we disliked? Nothing! (suggest: do see the human rights park outside - it deepens what you saw inside)

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a very well done museum of the civil rights history in Birmingham. Well worth the time to visit. It will have an impact on you. Friendly docents.

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San Diego
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219 reviews 219 reviews
105 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a very professional presentation of the history of the civil right movement, especially in Birmingham. There are many photos, articles and testimonies from participants in the movements. It does not have an agenda and is a well done presentation of the facts.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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89 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is one of the best historical museums I have ever visited. I have made multiple visits. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, while the exhibits are very educational and informative. I highly recommend taking some time to visit this wonderful place when you're in the Birmingham area.

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