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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 97 things to do 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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Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Hours:
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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We spent two+ hours in this museum and would have spent more, had we had the time. The building and exhibits are well arranged, the events of this so-recent history evolving before your eyes as you move through the rooms. I was a teen during those violent and dangerous years, and although I knew what was happening, this museum added... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This museum was one of the things we absolutely wanted to do on our quick vacation to Birmingham but I will admit it feels odd rating something like this. Obviously, no one can possibly rate the content and history presented here. I had just finished watching quite a bit of coverage of Civil Rights history including the Freedom Summer and... More 

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Birmingham
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Excellent exhibition. A must visit when in Birmingham Alabama. Informative. The 16th St. Baptist church next door, great outdoor park with outside display related to the civil rights movement. Great for any age

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Birmingham
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I lived in Birmingham for years before visiting the Civil Rights Institute with out-of-town guests. I was incredibly impressed. It is extremely well designed and first rate, ranking right up there with the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. If you are visiting Birmingham from out of town, it’s a must see!

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Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Every visitor to Birmingham should take a tour to the Civil Rights Institute. That is why I keep a membership so I can take any guests. It gives the history of Birmingham from 1871 with a short video and then a surprise as you walk in to the gallery. For older citizens it will remind you of where you were... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have visited the site twice. There is more than enough information to bring you back several times to absorb it all. It is a very eye opening experience and very well presented.

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North Carolina Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
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98 reviews 98 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Well put together and informative. Not much on MLK, to my surprise. A real historical perspective that includes Birmingham, Alabama's relevance to the movement from slave trade to present.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

As someone who is from the UK abd wanted to learn more about the US Civil Rights movement, I loved this place. Firstly, give yourself lots of time, there's so much to read and little movies to watch. This place is superbly put together with a well narrated opening film followed by a thorough run through of the events that's... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I really learned so much on my trip to this moving institute. It is an interactive, thoughtful, and touching tribute to the struggle that was and continues in the US today. It makes you think about what it means to be an American. My college age son was equally impacted. Must see. Do not miss.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

If you are looking for the real Birmingham story this is where you should start. The exhibits are very well displayed and the flow through is very inviting. This was my second time visiting and I could spend even more time there.

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