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Vulcan Park and Museum

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Address: 1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone Number: 205 933 1409
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Description: The largest cast-iron statue in the world was created for the 1904 St...
The largest cast-iron statue in the world was created for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
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Bird's eye view of Birmingham

Have seen Vulcan standing above Birmingham for years, but this was the first time I've gone up Red Mountain into Vulcan Park. Park is free until 6pm (fee for museum and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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532 helpful votes 532 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Have seen Vulcan standing above Birmingham for years, but this was the first time I've gone up Red Mountain into Vulcan Park. Park is free until 6pm (fee for museum and observation deck, however). We walked around and enjoyed the scenic views of Birmingham down below. Lovely grounds. There's also a museum. The Vulcan statue is one of the largest... More 

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Connecticut
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9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a great spot to get a view of Birmingham and learn some good history about the area. Everyone working here is so nice as well. Worth a stop when you are in the area.

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Mountain Brook, Alabama, United States
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

Plenty of parking, museum is well kept, great place for parties and wedding receptions. Beautiful landscape place to hang and bring a lunch and have a date. Good for kids young and old- it's always fun to see who will actually go up the statue and walk out! They did a great job restoring Vulcan, he looks great.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Vulcan is a must see destination for Birmingham residents as well as visitors. It has great views of downtown from the park and at the top of the Vulcan. I also enjoyed the museum which gave a brief history of Bham and how the Vulcan came to be. The tour is brief, but educational. The grounds are well-kept and... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Definitely recommend skipping this attraction. View is not that great--what is there to see in the Birmingham skyline?? Grounds consist of dead grass with no real area to explore/walk around, and it costs money to go up in the Vulcan statue. Also was filled with tourists/kids. No thanks.

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Athens, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Giant iron statue--novel. Gives a terrific overlook of Birmingham. Has a little museum that is reasonable given the price. And a gift shop. The upper level is quite scary if you have a fear of heights.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Vulcan, the largest cast iron statue in the world, sits on Red Mountain with a wonderful scenic overlook of Birmingham. The statue was cast in under a year under the direction of the Italian Giuseppi Moretti and was the proud contribution of Birmingham to the 1904 St. Louis Lousiana Purchase Exposition. You can ride and elevator or walk steps up... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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482 helpful votes 482 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

If you're expecting pointed ears, this is a different Vulcan. This is the god of metalworking and fire. Vulcan Park has a beautiful view of Birmingham and beyond, with numerous plaques explaining the history and the landscape. If you are on a budget, just bring a picnic lunch and soak in the view. If you want to spend a few... More 

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livingston, alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My family was originally from Birmingham so I knew some of the history. The museum tells it all, good and bad. They are so honest about how Birmingham came about and the conditions of the working class and the black citizens. Did not go up in Vulcan as I do not like heights and it was cold and breezy that... More 

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Columbus, Mississippi
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I visited this place with family today. I remember coming when I was a kid back in the 80's. I came before Vulcan was restored. It is very beautiful now. Kids are not much into history but they still enjoyed.

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