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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
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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A very positive experience

I really enjoyed going through this museum. I was able to see Martin Luther King Junior's jail cell the actual one. We were able to touch it and get a feel of what he experienced... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed going through this museum. I was able to see Martin Luther King Junior's jail cell the actual one. We were able to touch it and get a feel of what he experienced firsthand in jail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Although not as big as the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine in Memphis, the Birmingham CRI is well worth a visit, presenting the civil rights movement in interesting, engaging & challenging ways with great use of multi-media. Like Memphis the Museum benefits from the importance & sensitivity of its location at the heart of where the peaceful protest... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There are no guided tours, but the museum is so thorough and so well laid out, you won't miss not having a tour guide. I learned so much and was so glad that I visited. I would definitely recommend the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to others!

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Hampton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely informative and enlightening. Warm, friendly staff. Able to go through the institute at our own pace. Interactive events. My wife said she enjoyed it more than the Civil Rights museum in Atlanta.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has one of the best exhibitions I've seen on the Civil Rights movement (and I've seen a few). A must see when in Birmingham!

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Bentonville, Arkansas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was thoroughly impressed with the design of the museum. It was thoughtfully laid out. Every visitor will learn something new from their visit.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family visited Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) for the first time. It was worth the money! The self- guided tour is a memorable step back in time! It was powerful and informative. I enjoyed it and learned little tidbits that I didn't already know. I left feeling prouder than ever to be African American (if that was possible)! My... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The civil rights museum takes a wonderful approach to understanding the civil rights movement and its continuing impact. Rather than just start right in the late '50's early '60's they start by helping people understand the environment of segregation. They then lead you through the court cases, Protests and violence that led to change. Finally the museum ends with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went specifically to Birmingham to visit this attraction. I spent 3.5 hours going through and trying to absorb the well laid out material on the Civil Rights movement in Alabama. I cannot recommend a visit here enough, I gained so much more knowledge and understanding (which is still growing) about this crucial time in America's history. The material was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went as a family reunion group. My hubby and kids had just visited the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis the day before so it was hard not to compare. The volunteer (gentlemen) greeted us at the door. He was very kind and welcomed us. The movie at the beginning was very informative about Birmingham and the history. We were... More 

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