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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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Fantastic Historical Experience

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, directly across the street from the renowned 16th Street Baptist Church, is an experience not to be missed. Having lived through the... read more

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

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, directly across the street from the renowned 16th Street Baptist Church, is an experience not to be missed. Having lived through the tumultuous civil rights era of the 60's, seeing it re-enacted brought back memories of one of America's most difficult periods. The Institute pays homage to many of the remarkably brave men and women,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a white male born and raised in Birmingham, I had never been to the BCRI. Very informative self-guided tour describing Birmingham's history as it relates to the black civil rights struggle. One of my business partners is a black woman whose family has very close ties to Fred Shuttlesworth's Bethel Baptist Church in Collegeville. I'm proud to say that... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is an inspirational place that tells the story both of the civil rights story, and of Birmingham itself. Truly informative and moving.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place, very educational. Everyone should go at least once in their life, so glad we made it there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the best Museum I've been to in a long time. A lot of history. Need to vist at least once it Good for young people. A lot of forgotten history

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1 Thank Jimmy W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the Civil Rights museum. A must see if you visit Birmingham. Very informative. $15 was price for adult admission but it was well worth it.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is extremely well done and a major part of the US history. When looking for places to take visitors, this should be very high on the list

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very moving experience... after an exhilarating Sunday sermon at the historical Sixteenth Street Baptist Church across the street. Wish we had toured the basement of the church...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having grown up in the South, I was aware of many things that happened, but was not up on the history as it really is. I live in Birmingham and went with friends, having never seen it before. I was speechless, moved beyond belief, and utterly appalled at the atrocities that took place depicted along this historical exhibit. At the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute with my brother and we were both blown away by the caliber of exhibits and displays. It was so informative and truly touched our hearts.

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