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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
205 328 9696
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Ranked #2 of 30 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who...
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Type: History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Nashville
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This is AMAZING! Everyone needs to visit this place. It breaks your hearts, makes you think and gives great joy. Make sure you take the kids too!

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Portland, Oregon
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This museum is extremely well put together. The exhibit starts by watching a film about the struggle for civil rights for blacks in America, and I don't want to spoil it, but the ending is amazing. Each exhibit is thoughtfully assembled so that everyone, from children to adults, can engage on one level or another. For instance, there is a... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great museum. Very sad to see how recent our embarrassing past is; regardless, you can't forget your past if you hope to grow as a culture. Must see, particularly for our younger generations.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

I was incredibly impressed with this institute. Beautiful building and an incredible display of history. Each room flows from year to year with significant events as a timeline. I take anyone who comes to visit me in Birmingham. It's a must see - especially educational for children. While you're there, walk across the street to 16th Street Church.

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Papillion, Nebraska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I and my husband visited the BCRI today. It was a beautiful day so we went to Kelly Ingram Park across the street where there are police dog and fire hose and jail sculptures. Then took the March to Government and March to Education walks which went past the public library (integrated by the library board at an emergency board... More 

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Maryviille, TN, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took a family trip to teach our child the history of the Civil Rights movement. Our child is 8 years old and did get frightened in parts. There are parts that are graphic so you may want to skip them or cover your children's eyes. There is a movie at the beginning that has some disturbing scenes. It is... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Awesome museum! Very informative right across the street from the historical 16th Street Baptist church. Great learning experience for children and adults.

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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38 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a can't miss opportunity to,look into the past. The museum is very well done and ranks with the DC museums for excellence.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

My husband and I took our twin 10-year-old daughters to learn more about our heritage. It was provocative, informative and captivating. You could easily spend a full day here. Afterwards, we stopped across the street to Sixteenth Street Baptist Church to pay our respects to the girls who died in the bombing.

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HONOLULU
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We liked walking through the displays and seeing the historic church across the street that got bombed. There is a free parking lot.

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