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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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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is one of the finest museums of any kind in the United States. It is a tribute to a troubled past that we all must strive to overcome. This is a must-see stop for anyone traveling to or through Birmingham.

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San Francisco
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134 reviews 134 reviews
31 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The Insitute is an old fashioned approach to telling an important story. What I mean is that it is like history museums all over from a few decades ago. That makes for an easy and digestible experience, and even moving at times. It covers the topic well. I especially appreciated the exhibit at the end that puts civil rights in... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There was nothing to dislike, the museum was a wonderful experience, I think any person over 10 years old should be required to visit

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I wanted to be more impressed than I was! The staff rude and the availability of someone to answer question none! The set up poor! We were pushed through after the fiim

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Montgomery Village
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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Museum details the civil rights movement, concentrating on the significant activities in Birmingham. Wonderful exhibits, art and displays. Appropriate for all ages. Adjacent to the historic 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park.

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United States
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176 reviews 176 reviews
72 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I really wanted to like this museum. I just thought there were some things that could have been improved. I did find some of the museum very interesting, but found my attention waning after awhile. There was so much reading in some areas of the museum and it just didn't keep my attention. I guess I just liked the Civil... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The history was "served up" in an easy, interesting, hands on manner. There was a variety that made it appealing to everyone, not just history buffs. The interactive portions & re-created items were very interesting and provided an innovative link to a bygone era and heritage. It wasn't depressing although it was a depressing time in our nation's history. It... More

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Orcutt, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You walk outta there changed. Took my 6 year old daughter who was actively engaged the entire time with all of the videos, visuals, and displays. Not too over her head. Ended with a huge screen of MLK Jr.'s I Have a Dream Speech...perfect. I get goosebumps still as I think of it. You gotta go here. Across the street... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I truly liked the fact that the Institute used local youth as guides. The tours were very intuitive and informative. The staff seemed well informed.

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Arlington, Virginia
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16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was a very informative and powerful museum. Within a short walk is the Kelly Ingram park and 16th St Baptist Church. The staff/volunteers were also very courteous and friendly.

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