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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
Phone Number: +1 205-328-9696
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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 highlight of the visit to Birmingham

A most touching and informative place. After having seen several sites relating to the Civil Rights movement, a visit to this institute really help us put it all together.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A most touching and informative place. After having seen several sites relating to the Civil Rights movement, a visit to this institute really help us put it all together.

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Ardmore, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very moving story of the civil rights movement in Birmingham. It is shown through galleries of media following each year of the struggle. Highly recommend

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to the Civil Rights Museum about 5 times in 17 years and have enjoyed it every time. We've gone to events there as well. This museum sends shivers down my spine every time not just for the indignities to losses of life that African Americans experienced all over Birmingham but for the overcoming that occurred and is... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a teacher, I have taken MANY field trips to the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum. Each time I learn something new even though as a young child, I grew up during the days of the civil rights' strifes in Alabama. This museum is exceptionally well done with many fascinating things on display. Everyone should take a tour whether you are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A modern and undergoing some more improvements showing the civil rights movement. Very graphic in language in describing Blacks. This was only 60 years ago and very educational for all ages. Highly recommend . Staff were helpful.

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Oxted, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Coming from the UK, we wanted to learn more about civil rights in the US. The institute charges $15 per person to enter but is definitely worthwhile. A collection of real photos, videos and audio snippets make it easy to digest the wealth of information that is available in the institution. All the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best presentations that I have experienced in any museum, anywhere. Given its location at the focal point of several key events in the history of the civil rights movement, a visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute should be mandatory for every American, both those of us who lived through those days and younger generations... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Civil Rights Institute is a must visit in Birmingham. The displays are so moving. They use real TV footage, letters, newspaper articles and photos in the displays. This should be a "must see" for young people. An excellent way to really learn this history. I remember that period and it brought back so many memories both good and bad.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A heart-wrenching but beautiful and ultimately necessary tribute to what our city (and our country) went through to give the same rights to Black Americans that are given to caucasians, something that was long overdue. The museum is incredibly interactive and immersive, and one leaves feeling horrified at what has occurred, but also hopeful at what can be accomplished if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very moving exhibits which really bring the Civil Rights era to life. A "must see" in when visiting Birmingham.

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