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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Civil Rights in B'ham

This is a great place to visit. You will get a chance to learn about the Civil Rights Movement that... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Birmingham, Alabama
History old and new

This place is steeped with both old and new facts about African American history. It's a terrific... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Birmingham, Alabama
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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 3 days ago

This is a great place to visit. You will get a chance to learn about the Civil Rights Movement that happen here in Birmingham!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank marshallej
Reviewed 3 days ago

I regret that it took me so long to tour this museum. The historical information is well-presented and informative. I have been a resident of Alabama for over 40 years but still learned some new facts about our history of segregation. From my perspective as...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is steeped with both old and new facts about African American history. It's a terrific place for families, after school groups, churches or just alone for an afternoon visit. I can guarantee you will enjoy yourself, be refreshed and inspired by what you...More

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

I often take visitors from out of town here. I believe that everyone who grew up here in B ham needs this experience, as well. Informative, eye opening and leaves one with the same feelings as visiting other historical sights such as Pearl Harbor. Powerful...More

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

This was a very powerful place. I’ve never cried and felt physically ill at a museum before, however it was something every human should see. A powerful reminder humanity should always overwhelm color and the atrocities we’ve allowed in our recent past. Incredibly well done...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my second visit. I learned even more this time Every American needs to understand the struggle we as a nation are slowly overcoming As I left I sense that we have made some progress but we still have so far to go. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t leave this place without remembering the impact of the events that led up to the history not only in Birmingham but also the US

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful experience and enhanced by the multiple special events on that special day. I spent almost 4 hours there given the many special events. The institute is well laid out, and the exhibits and videos are very moving. The staff was incredibly welcoming. I would...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank marsp0re
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a lovely (albeit rainy) afternoon here and came away both horrified and hopeful. The history that is presented here needs to be remembered and condemned. Everyone should visit if they have time while in Birmingham. It’s right across the street from the 16th...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderfully curated museum. I’m excited to see how the museum will grow as it is now nationally recognized. Bonus, AAA members get a discounted entry.

Date of experience: December 2018
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October 30, 2018|
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Response from banalban53 | Reviewed this property |
No charge
October 14, 2018|
Response from romadaro | Reviewed this property |
Atlanta is a 2 hour drive from Birmingham.
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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