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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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We really enjoyed our time here. My cousin and his wife were with us from out of town and they... read more

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Everyone visiting the US and including all US residents should visit this museum. It chronicles the... read more

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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...more
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520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We really enjoyed our time here. My cousin and his wife were with us from out of town and they thought it was awesome.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone visiting the US and including all US residents should visit this museum. It chronicles the dreadful actions of bigotry and racism throughout the 1900s while at the same time illuminates a spirit of hope for humanity. Really well done.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Toured the museum yesterday and it is a must see in Birmingham. It gives a great history of the civil rights movement and the battles that were fought for freedom. While there visit the 16th Street Baptist Church ( they’re real friendly) and the park...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In all of my travels inside and outside this country, this was one of the best experiences. The Institute mixes various forms of media, artifacts, models and constructed scenes to deliver the critically important struggle for Civil Rights. It starts off with a movie that...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is located directly across from the 16th street Baptist church and from the Park. It is estimated that you will spend 90 minutes going through the exhibit- however I could have easily spent 3-4 hours there. The museum begins with a short film...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I grew up in west where the events of the South and civil rights movement did not affect me, so I did not know the nuanced history of the civil rights movement. The history of the civil rights movement is chronicled in a tasteful and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I truly enjoyed this experience, as much of the learning really puts you back in the shoes of those in the south to revisit the shameful treatment and resistance to equal civil rights. Really was eye opening to how it took 100 years after the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is a must, jr is well laid out and delivers great insight into the civil rights era. The in formation is presented I a variety of formats that truly is compelling and informs you so well as to the horrors that were endured...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Of the various places in Birmingham to take out-of-town visitors, none is more likely to be a very positive experience than the Civil Rights Institute. The displays are uniformly interesting and many are interactive. My wife and I have done this many times and we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018

I came by here with some time before meeting up with a friend, but I wish I had set aside more time to walk around. I saw most of the main exhibits but missed a few extra and visiting the church across the street, a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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October 30, 2018|
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Response from imothers | Reviewed this property |
We did not use a tour guide. We found the museum very easy to follow on our own. Really, you want to take in this place at your own pace. What might strike you as important, may not be the same as someone else. Also, the... More
October 14, 2018|
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Atlanta is a 2 hour drive from Birmingham.
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Response from Diane S | Reviewed this property |
It was 10 or 15 dollars per adult. Well worth the money.
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Boston, Massachusetts
Road trip - Birmingham Visit (6 Replies)
Hi, My daughter and I will be visiting Birmingham during our 'Southern Road Trip'. We will be driving down from Nashville on a Monday at the end of June. We 're planning to visit the Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, Vulcan Park, Barber Vintage Motorsports and if we have time the Botanical gardens. We will be driving to Memphis next. I'm struggling trying to figure out where to stay. Since we have a car - I'd like a hotel with free parking but would also like to be close to the...More
May 30, 2016|
Response frombhlkin|
Yes 78/22 is the best way to Memphis, but there's a little tricky detour spot north of Birmingham that you can get details on in another post closer to your trip time. As for a hotel, depends on budget, but I'd look at the mountain brook and Homewood areas. Nice, safe, "good" part of town with plenty of interesting restaurant and shopping options for your downtime. There is a Hampton, embassy suites, aloft, and courtyard all with free parking. If you want to splurge there's a lovely new...More
Cincinnati, Ohio
What to do with a free day in Birmingham (4 Replies)
I am arriving in Birmingham on Memorial Day. Going to a baseball game Tuesday night and the Rickwood Classic on Wednesday during the day. That means i have Tuesday during the day off to see the city. We only have part of one day but here are some thing i found that looked pretty cool. Any comments, info or advice on any of them would be much appreciated. Civil Rights Institute Museum of Art Alabama Theatre Peanut Depot Sloss Furnaces Red Mountain Park and the Vulcan Statue 16th...More
February 13, 2009|
Response fromSmileDoc7|
The art museum is great, and I hear the civil rights museum is great as well. The Vulcan is also neat to see. There is also Summit for shopping (outside). Good luck and have fun!
Columbus, Indiana
Advice on refining must-see and must-eat during one-day trip (5 Replies)
My family of four, including kids 6 and 8, is heading to Birmingham this weekend to visit McWane Science Center on a Scout overnight (pray for me), and we would like to turn it into a mini-exploration of the city. Since McWane is the reason we're going, the bulk of our time in town will be spent there, but I'd like to hit a couple other key places. We have a reciprocal with the zoo and the kids love animals, so that's a high consideration. Even if we're only there an hour, it's free so...More
January 15, 2014|
Response fromdbh2|
Great research!! The zoo would be a good choice and is not far from downtown. Ed's Pet World is in Homewood and not too far either - actually pretty close to the zoo. Dreamland would be a good option for lunch. Other BBQ options would be Full Moon (my personal favorite), Saw's and Moe's Original. If you like seafood, the Fish Market has great seafood with a Greek flair. Irondale Cafe may be a little out of the way unless you want to go to Leeds to the Barber Motorsports Park and Museum, also....More