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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 43 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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... more » 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. « less
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Birmingham, Alabama
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The BCRI is a working institute not a musuem. It's the best and the worst of our history. When you come to Birmingham it is a must see.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

I visited the museum too close to closing time. I suggest that you allow yourself ample time to view all exhibits. I will definitely return soon!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is one of the nation's greatest displays of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for human equality. The tour begins with a video that lays the foreground of the city's dark past. The venue is filled with various artifacts, most of which are original items such as segregated water fountains, a jail cell, and... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Birmingham is a very important part of American history, particularly its civil rights history. This museum captures the importance of that time in our history and shows how the events of Birmingham helped to change America for the better. If you are in Birmingham take time to visit this museum.

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you don't visit any other location in Birmingham, this is one you must go to. The museum is beautiful and very informative. Many of the displays are life size and you get such a sense of history when visiting. Replicas of the lunch counter at Woolworth's, Birmingham bus, speaking and written displays are all a part of the institute.... More

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Bessemer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I recommend The Civil Rights Museum to everyone of all races and ethnicity. It is truly a learning experience as well as,an eye opener. I can possibly make one appreciate the growth of Bham, in more than 1 way.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

An excellent exhibit. We took some students and they were moved to silence and tears. There are interactive exhibits with audio that place you in some of the events of the protests. Powerful!

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It's not what the city is proudest of, and it represents a dark part of our past, and is totally NOT representative of our present. But it is worth a look to relive that trying and sometimes unnecessarily violent time to help us remember and not to forget.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Our group that visited the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute recently said they were moved by their visit! Thank you for being such an important attraction in Birmingham!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It is a sad but enlightening perspective of what Dr. King and other African Americans had to endure for equality. I suggest that if you are ever in Birmingham please go not only to support the museum but to get a good history lesson. It is very informative and humbling. I will go again to really spend more time reading... More

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