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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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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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Important part of history.

I went here many many years ago and it happened to be on MLK Day. It was amazing to see the the streets filled with bands and marchers chanting and coming together for the day... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went here many many years ago and it happened to be on MLK Day. It was amazing to see the the streets filled with bands and marchers chanting and coming together for the day. Standing in front of the 6th St Baptist Church were the young girls lost their lives is moving. The museum itself wraps around you with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Learn about an unfortunate time in American history. The Civil Rights Institute is top notch and a good fieldtrip for history students.

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1 Thank M O M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Growing up in California, the Civil Rights Movement was something in a textbook. We are traveling the country, with our teen boys, and aim to learn more about the country by seeing, and experiencing, versus in a book. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is one of the best museums we have visited in the United States! Excellent education provided through... More 

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1 Thank Tiffany F
Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice museum. Excellent history of Birmingham and the struggle for civil rights. Admission is a reasonable $12 for adults and lower pricing for children and seniors. Would definitely recommend for anyone visiting Birmingham. Allow about 2 hours to fully appreciate the exhibition. Very helpful staff.

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2 Thank Andrew J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is right in the middle of civil rights history, across the street from the 16th street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park. The museum is well laid out and informative without throwing a lot of information at you at once. We enjoyed seeing all the pictures and artifacts and reading all the signage. Not to be missed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had some time to kill. I was 5 years old when all of the race riots and fighting were happening. Very educational and worth the trip

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Prattville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Birmingham Civil rights museum is a nice place to visit and understand what really happened during the history in Alabama. I saw several museums in Alabama and Georgia and I believe that this one is most complete with full of history , short histories, etc. I recommend, you will spend 1 hour or more inside with great knowledge about the... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a breath of fresh air to see a significant tribute to the roots of U.S. racism and the civil rights movement that tackled issues head on. In too much of the country, there is an utter lack of commemoration, but hopefully that is starting to change. I was a little surprised that this focused mainly on Birmingham, but of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This type of museum could be quite preachy and turn off many people. Instead you learn about the proud history of blacks in Birmingham and you see the terribleness of the South that tried to hold them back. Th exhibits give an excellent impression of the environment at that time. I am so glad that my teenagers saw this. It... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If I have a visitor who can only do one thing while they're here in Birmingham, this is where I take them. It is not only a museum, but a research center and teaching tool. Give yourself at least two hours here. The BCRI captures our story like nothing else - the pain of the past and the hope of... More 

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