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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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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Wonderful, thought provoking establishment. Lays out the history of the struggle for Civil Rights in the southern states in a lively and informative manner.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Wonderful, thought provoking establishment. Lays out the history of the struggle for Civil Rights in the southern states in a lively and informative manner.

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Vestavia Hills, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

I went with my high school age son for a school project because I had never been to the museum. Not being from the south I have never really understood how the fierce racial prejudice can still persist , even to this day. The museum is done very, very well. It's creatively put together and imagery is striking. The vignettes... More 

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Hoover, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Whatever brings you to Birmingham, do not leave without a visit to the Civil Rights Institute. If possible, go on a Sunday for on that day, senior citizens volunteer as guides - many have their own stories that they willingly tell.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I appreciated the informative nature of this museum. It is good to learn about things that don't get enough attention in the history courses I took. I found the presentation to be irenic when it would be understandable for "anger" to leak out into the narrative of the exhibits. I valued getting to learn more about the events surrounding the... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

very very well done and very interesting. The movie to start the tour through the venue is a good reminder of what life was like for a large part of the population of the south. The exhibits are thought provoking and very well done. The guide on the day we were there was very knowledgable and very interesting

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St. Louis, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The photos and captions put the visitor into the action. Walking thru the mock up of a typical home was eye-opening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

I took my teens (14, 15 & 17) to visit this on a Saturday afternoon. Parking on the street was cheap. However, be prepared to find yourself approached by any one of the number of interesting people that tend to linger in that area. Before me and my kids could exit our vehicle, we were approached by an older woman,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

A very moving and well put together place. For those with young children, be aware that some of the images on display might be disturbing to them. I didn't know that the institute is right across the street from the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, so that was a pleasant surprise. Be sure to allow at least two hours to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Very good museum with interesting and interactive displays. It kind of peters out at the end, though. I felt like it left me hanging.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very comprehensive detailed exhibits of the movement you will definitely come away with an appreciation of the movement and understanding of this terrible time period endured by blacks. Great location via the street from the 16th St Baptist church

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