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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 43 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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Oilville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Been her a few times. Last July, took my wife's grand kids and was amazed at the reaction to the park and sculptures of the tragedies that took place there in the 60's. For me it was reliving an imprinted, wondering memory of the times. Combined with the 16th St. Baptist Church, where the 4 young girls were bombed to... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

At some point you need to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI). Not just because you're in town looking for something to do, and not just because you feel obligated because of the tainted history of our country. You NEED to visit here because it is a life lesson, one that needs to be learned so we can prevent... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I visited this place today and the emotions and feelings that ran through me placed me back in 1963 Birmingham. The displays are laid out in a a very succient order that builds on itself and teaches you about one of the sadest periods of time in our history. As an added bonus when i went there was a lady... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

All the preserve news clipping, photos, the story of the church where the 4 young girls had there sun set, the old bus where Rosa Park sat man there is just to much it is a must see!!

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Starkville, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited the museum on a Sunday, a day with free admission. We did make a donation as the museum was very educational and located right next to 16th St Baptist Church and across from a beautiful park.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Definitely the best museum I've ever been to. It was very educational. My son learned so much. The things at the museum isn't taught in schools. Please go anytime you in the ham.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is so important to see as part of current history, it's easy to forget how recent the civil rights protests were. There's a lot of information, and an order to follow walking through. I jumped around and got a bit confused. I got very emotional when reaching the burnt out bus. We did not go to the park across... More

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Alabama
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Overpriced and pretty disappointing. I am a museum junky and this is a one time thing. You will never be willing to pay the price to go back.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My favorite part of the institute was the room with large windows overlooking the 16th Street Church which was bombed during the movement and where four young girls were killed. In the room they had realia from that event including personal items that belonged to the girls. It made it real.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This was the last stop on My Civil Rights Museum tour the weekend I spent in Alabama, having made 2 museum stops in Montgomery, AL. This museum was just OUTSTANDING. I do a lot of museums when I travel and the curator and architects of this institute did an AWESOME job with the design layout, the display of the history... More

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