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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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10:00 am - 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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Great historical museum

This is a great stop for anyone interested in civil rights history, US history or Alabama history. Great museum with good exhibits, friendly staff and affordable entry. As a bonus... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2013
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Albertville, Alabama
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is a great stop for anyone interested in civil rights history, US history or Alabama history. Great museum with good exhibits, friendly staff and affordable entry. As a bonus is next to Kelley Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church. Highly recommended institution.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

This is a well done museum. Very educational and definitely worth going to. At the end of the tour there were displays on current civil rights problems in other areas of the world. I would love to see more information on these- raising awareness is needed.

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Waterloo, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

An experience to remember ... we were the first visitors on a steamy and quiet July morning in Birmingham and had the place to ourselves. We parked across the street from the entrance and were entranced by the park that includes monuments and informational stations re: the civil rights movement in Birmingham. To pull up and see the 16th St... More 

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South Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I teach 7th grade Social Studies and we have a unit on the Civil Rights Movement. I was visiting Atlanta and decided to go to Birmingham. One of my better decisions. What a moving experience to visit this site. Every American should visit The Civil Rights Institute. You will leave a changed person. The artifacts, displays and videos are amazing.... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We visited this venue during our family reunion. It contained much more than I expected. There is so much info to take in. It's a "must see" for everyone that visits Birmingham.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I took my 12 year old daughter here to let her see the history of not only Birmingham, but the nation in the 60s. It's a beautiful building and the exhibits are well done. The historic 16th Street Baptist Church is right across the street and makes a nice conclusion to the story started inside.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

History comes alive in the institute! The displays were attractive, and so informative. You would be inhuman to not be moved to tears by the end of your visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Browsing through the display at the Civil Rights Institute was like taking a step back in what isn't really far distant past. The setting really made me reflect on what all these brave women and men went through in the 50-s and 60-s. In hindsight it may all look so easy, but for them at the time they were putting... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I was shocked at how beautiful the facility is. The most striking thing about this museum is its interactivity. I loved walking through this museum and was constantly surprised at the creative ways history was expressed. BCRI was obviously designed by artists!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Amazing! This museum was so powerful. They powerfully depict the civil rights movement as well as discrimination and segregation through words, exhibits, video, photos, and artifacts. This museum gives the visitor a sight forward and unbiased true look at the levels of racism that are still engrained in America. Walking through the museum, you are blown away by the fact... More 

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