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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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Fantastic Museum

I found this to be an incredibly moving museum. It had 16th Street Baptist church across from it and the park where fire hoses were used on children also across from it. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I found this to be an incredibly moving museum. It had 16th Street Baptist church across from it and the park where fire hoses were used on children also across from it. The museum covers the Civil rights years, the years since then and how the civil rights movement affected other countries too. Well worth a visit, plus lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Stopped by the Institute on our way through Birmingham as a "break" in our day of traveling. Loved it so much, we spent waaayyy too much time in the museum and threw off our entire driving schedule. But it was worth it! The institute is very comprehensive and has a great layout. I am happy our children were mature enough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This moving museum brings history to life and provides stories, photos and voices to civil rights activists, but also the people of Birmingham. Plan on spending a few hours here. The space is beautiful and afterwards, walk across the street to the 16th St. Church and begin the Civil Rights Walking Tour.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Visited in the fall of 2013. Nice building in downtown Birmingham, very educational and moving. Across the street in the park is a monument to the four little girls who were killed in the church bombing. The church is across the street from the Institute.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Great Museum for all to visit. The history lesson is both sad and joyful. With displays, pictures, videos and descriptions of life as is was in Birmingham and elsewhere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

A run through 1960's historical events. From the root of segregation to the end of inequality in the eyes of the law. Visit and be inform on an era of change. The era that showed that lawful and unlawful cannot be more than right or wrong.

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Windham, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I think that everyone SHOULD go here at some point. There is so much more to this story than what they cover in schools. It is nauseating to realize how things used to be and frustrating that struggles continue for so many groups of people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Very educational and diverse setting right in the heart of downtown Birmingham. A "Must See"! My family held our annual family reunion in Birmingham this year. The Civil rights museum and 16th street baptist church (location of the tragic church bombing, resulting in the death of 4 little girls.) were the first locations we visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Very informative and visually stimulating. Our kids (10 & 12) really enjoyed the tour. Spurred lots of valuable discussion.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

These events and period of time were too recent to be included in my history books growing up. It was a great experience to walk through the exhibits and learn about all of the events that happened. It covers so much more than what I have seen and read about. The video clips and interviews were very interesting. It is... More 

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Additional Information about Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone Number: 205 328 9696
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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