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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
Phone Number: 205 328 9696
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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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A Visit in History

Very informative. Added a new view on Black History. The set up of the museum made learning interactive for young and old. However the best part of the experience was the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very informative. Added a new view on Black History. The set up of the museum made learning interactive for young and old. However the best part of the experience was the friendly staff.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tour of the Institute starts after a short informative video about how African Americans helped build Birmingham. The self guided tour highlights how African Americans survived and overcame segregation and hate. Everyone should pay the modest admission price and learn valuable history and ongoing struggle.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I live in Birmingham and make it a point to take visitors to this museum. The story of the Civil Rights movement is told in the context of Birmingham, Alabama, the South, and the country as a whole. The exhibits combine multimedia presentations with important artifacts. My guests rarely leave this institute with dry eyes. And make sure to visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although I lived in Birmingham until 1964 I was unaware of much of the history of Birmingham and it's history due to my age at the time. The other education learned was the history of the civil rights movement and laws nationwide compared to the information in the media locally at the time. The timelines on the walls comparing the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Birmingham civil rights museum after spending a couple of days seeing civil rights sights in Montgomery and Selma, while I would certainly recommend visiting where key monments of the civil rights movements occured, it was this museum that taught me the most. It has eeducational and moving exhibitions covering everything from segregation to modern civil rights issues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is packed with photographs, exhibits and experiences for the young and old. Across from the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church which was bombed in 1963, it offers a moving journey through the Civil Rights experience.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pair visiting this with the park across the street (the site of the Civil Rights protestors being attacked by police dogs and being hit with fire hoses). Also across the street is the 16th Street Baptist church, which has periodic tours (call them in advance). Totally worth the stop. Plan to spend a few hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on a trip to see family. I loved the video with the surprise at the end. I went when it was free. Not crowded either. Very helpful staff. Be sure to go across the street to the church too.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I could have spent hours in there.This Historic place is a must see.. I was so moved from what my people had to endure and still enduring to this day but we have come a long way and if it wasn't for everyone involved in the struggle and paving the way so we can have Our Freedom and Freedom to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very powerful and important! We learned a lot about the Civil Rights and direct action in Birmingham.

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