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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
+1 205-328-9696
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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 freedom rides, sit-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s.
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520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
+1 205-328-9696
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Reviewed 4 days ago

the only reason for travelling to Birmingham was to come here to find out about its brutal past and how the first Civil Rights came about. its a real eye opener especially as coming from England, you couldnt even begin to imagine what disgusting and...More

Thank loubuddy
Reviewed 4 days ago

Impressive displays highlighting the struggles and sacrifice made for civil rights in Birmingham. Across the street from 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram park, (both can be seen from windows in the Institute).

Thank Sheryl B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a Birmingham treasure. Every local should go and not visit to Birmingham is complete without a stop here.

Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit here was memorable. The first thing you do is watch a short video of the history of Birmingham and the industries that built it. Then you do a self guided tour through the Civil Rights movement from the 20's on. You definitely get...More

Thank maapar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Civil Rights movement is documented in a realistic and compelling way that it opens your mind to the struggles of minorities. Regardless of your beliefs, everyone should visit at least one time to get a true understanding of the struggle of blacks in the...More

Thank hgathings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, right across the street from 16th Street Baptist church and Kelly Ingram park. The entrance fee is very reasonable and there are several discounts offered. My only complaint is that you have to leave a...More

1  Thank Lura M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed there for over 2 hours. Covered a great historical timeline-- from Reconstruction- Jim Crow- Civil Rights to Black Power Movement. I was amazed at the authenticity and the recreations of the displays. I cannot imagine visiting Birmingham and missing out on such a...More

1  Thank Diane S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If more Americans had the chance to visit this Institute, perhaps the state of race relations in our country might be better. Many of the exhibits are interactive and provide both in-depth information, as well as the human side of the Civil Rights movement and...More

Thank PWtraveler18
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So much information and artifacts. I learn so many things i wasnt aware of. If you go on Sundays its free. Beautiful tribute to the four girls that were victims of the church bombing. Defintley a must if you come to Birmingham.

1  Thank livelife h
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is an amazing source of information, not only of things past and/or related to the civil rights movement, but also for current events. They have lots of information on the birth and the struggle for civil rights. Everything is very simple to understand...More

Thank Julio H
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January 27, 2018|
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Response from Sue M | Reviewed this property |
Allow at least an hour but if you are really interested you can spend much longer. Especially if you engage one of the staff who can talk with you about so much more.
September 8, 2017|
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Response from Michelle D | Reviewed this property |
We parked in the 16th Street Church parking lot with no problem although, as another poster responded, there is also parking on the street. Be sure to leave a little extra time to stroll through the park across the street... More
December 29, 2016|
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Response from Taji B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but I agree with Jessica R. It's not in the best part of town so walk it during the daytime hours.