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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone Number: 205 328 9696
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of...
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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This is a very nice museum. It is however, not an interactive type museum. There are lots of informative displays on the walls, so there is a lot of reading involved to get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice museum. It is however, not an interactive type museum. There are lots of informative displays on the walls, so there is a lot of reading involved to get anything from them. Not saying that's a bad thing, just what it is. Need about 2 hours to go through the whole thing.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful facility and well equipped to handle any traveler. The various displays were moving and the several movie exhibits were well done. We enjoyed it very much.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This museum is very good and gives a great insight to the history without being too boring like other museums can be and in the people's owns words.Has great displays on what life used to be like in the segregation period albeit not that long ago. A memory of the past but not forgotten.

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Birmingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is for everyone to learn from history and while you may never understand why or how people did what they did it is documented very well here. The museum is very well thought out, you can spend one hour here or an entire day depending on how much time you spend reading about events or watching movies. It is... More 

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Gadsden, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Amazing museum. They do a wonderful job documenting the civil rights movement with their displays and videos.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had a planned stop here on our drive from Charleston, SC to Memphis, TN. So happy we did. It is one thing to read and "know" history, but an entirely different thing to see it up close. Seeing the hate in people's eyes in the pictures, the KKK gown worn in the 1990s, the piece of brick in the... More 

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Birmingham, AL, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A moving experience that everyone should be part. History well documented and told through the pictures and eyes of those who lived it.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I thought the Civil Rights Institute was amazing! It was a great experience for both my son and I, we were moved. I learned so much.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I was hoping that the displays were going to be more powerful in truly capturing the apartheid that made birmingham, "Bomingham." I did like how the beginning talked a little bit of the history of Birmingham and the video coverage of the 50s that showed how clueless people were about the systematic racism. But the displays could be more interactive... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

A well designed museum presenting a moving and clear account of this significant portion of US history. Certainly worth a visit.

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