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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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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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The museum is a credit to the city of Birmingham for telling the truth of how awful racism was in Birmingham. You cannot leave the plave without some deep soul searching of your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The museum is a credit to the city of Birmingham for telling the truth of how awful racism was in Birmingham. You cannot leave the plave without some deep soul searching of your own heart.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We began a two-week journey to Civil Rights sites at the Institute. What we learned there informed the rest of our trip. The Institute walks the visitor through the history of the 20th Century Civil Rights movement, building understanding of the events and of the enormous sacrifices made across decades by well-known and little-known heroes. Its configuration - sequential exhibits... More 

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Michigan
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Let me start by saying this is a must-see institution. How can they take it on tour to cities around the United States? The story of the Civil Rights movement are worthy of being shared with all citizens of the U.S. You must allow at least two hours for a thorough visit. You can see it in only one, but... More 

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Caledonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Had some free time to spend while on business in Birmingham, and chose to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. I grew up on the west coast, so only history books and movies framed my understanding of the civil rights movement. It's a completely different experience standing on the grounds where many key events occurred to shape the history of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

See BHM's history in all it's horror actually gives you a perspective on how far it has come. While there are still, sadly, remnants of the old days, it is inspiring to see what people were willing to go through for their rights and justice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I came in high school in 2005. From what I can remember, it was quite interesting. I came for the deaf education part of it all. I do want to come back with my husband and show him around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This experience was unforgettable, both sobering and inspiring. We were greeted with cordiality upon arrival, then sent to the small theater to see a film about the beginnings of Birmingham. The 8-minute film concludes with a scene of two drinking fountains, labeled for whites and "colored," then the screen goes up and there is that exact scene, ready for the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

For anyone interested in the history of the United States and the Civil Rights Movement, it would be hard to bypass a visit to this museum if in Birmingham. Apart from expanding a visitor's understanding of those times; the exploration you take within this museum allows you to step back into the 60's and actively reflect on the struggle in... More 

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Kokomo, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place was one of the best places I've visited, in terms of documenting historic Civil Rights Movement events. It was the end of my Selma-Montgomery-Birmingham visit. Words can't express how well things have been done here. Emotions run deep. Thoughts soar high. Across the street is the historic 16th Street Baptist Church. Allow yourself plenty of time to take... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I typically do not enjoy museums, but this is an exception. The depth of the exhibits is remarkable, and there is much to see and do--I spent over an hour in there, and I could've spent thirty more minutes at least and not been bored. It's also quite affordable.

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