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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
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+1 205-328-9696
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Now a National Park

Outgoing President Obama just made 16th St. Baptist Church a National Monument. It is right across the street from the Civil Rights Institute. It is a must visit for... read more

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Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Outgoing President Obama just made 16th St. Baptist Church a National Monument. It is right across the street from the Civil Rights Institute. It is a must visit for understanding the history of Birmingham and the larger Civil Rights Movement. And appropriate as we have just remembered Martin Luther King on January 16, 2017.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well done and organized displays. Rey friendly and helpful staff. One review sai there was construction but only same outside sidewalks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the Civil Rights museum for the first time about two years ago. This is a must-see for anyone in Birmingham. It is full of interesting visual aids and a well-organized, well structured design. And of course it is crucial as a means of informing about the civil rights movement in Birmingham, a movement that had a tremendous impact... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Civil Rights Institute this past weekend. It is a phenomenal Museum. I certainly recommend it. Give yourself 3 hours and if you can afford it, pay for a guided tour. Mr. Barry McNeely was our tour guide and he was OUTSTANDING. Unfortunately for our group, we didn't a lot 3 hours for the tour. As a result,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Real interesting museum on a topic that is a ugly period of history for the Southern US. Starts off with a quick 8 minute film then you are lead into the museum to begin a self guided tour. The exhibits are well designed and very informative. The pictures and videos that go along with the descriptions are what makes this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately the institute is undergoing a refurbishment so was not fully open, it starts with a 8 minute film and then you enter into the main part, it was very interesting and brings shame to white people who allowed such racist things to happen, it also shamed me to think that this was going on in my life, probably is... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit to explore the rich Civil Rights History of Birmingham Alabama. It is and excellent place for school aged children and adults.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the last stop on our two day self-guided Alabama Civil Rights trail, and it was unanimously decided we should have started here. The use of displays, timelines, donated items and primary sources were thought provoking and informative. The sense of time and place were captivating. Our sixteen year old stated this was his favourite centre/museum over the two... More 

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Hiram, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In town for the Birmingham Bowl, we wanted to also take advantage of what Birmingham had to offer. Using Trip Advisor and Pinterest, it was evident that the Civil Rights Museum was something to see. It was well worth it and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area. It is often difficult to find something that all three... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I and my wife visited the museum today. Lots of photos, videos and the reproduction of the segregated places are exciting. A place to visit to do memory and builds social and political skills. Perfect for families and schools.

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