Vulcan Park and Museum
Vulcan Park and Museum
4.5
Lookouts • Parks • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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The largest cast-iron statue in the world created for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair placed on top of Red Mountain with a beautiful view of downtown Birmingham. Also, inside Vulcan Center, is an interactive museum that contains the historical timeline of the city of Birmingham.
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Noel78
Tennessee573 contributions
Dec 2022
On a cold December day we made our first visit to see the statue of Vulcan which overlooks Birmingham from Red Mountain. He was created in 1902 for the St Louis World's Fair to promote the iron industry then flourishing in the city. Now he is a symbol of its past glory because the furnaces are long closed.

But he is a fun stop. An admission ticket will buy you entrance into a small museum that documents his and the city's history. Then you can take an elevator ride up to Vulcan's level which is about 10 stories up. Visitors can alternatively climb the stairs to the platform.

This would be a fun activity for kids.
Written December 20, 2022
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rdyrtr99
Saint Louis, MO47 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Interesting history of the Vulcan statue and the homage it pays to the Iron ore miners in the early day s of Birmingham. Statue made a trip to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO. You can take an elevator up to almost the top of the statue and view the city of Birmingham.
Written May 18, 2023
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livelife h
Atlanta, GA3,913 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Beautiful way to see the city. Price of a mission is six dollars which gives you access to the museum and to the Tower. Plenty of places to see the views even if you don't go to the top of the tower. Pretty cool experience if you just want to relax and see some cityscapes
Written March 1, 2022
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mirtle2
Saint Louis, MO261 contributions
Sep 2020
What a neat place. The Vulcan statue above Birmingham was originally made for the 1904 World's Fair. The park is lovely with a great view of the city. We paid the $6 to see the museum and go up to the top of the statue. The museum was great, telling the story of the history, art and science behind the creating and restoration of Vulcan.
Written October 25, 2020
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
Oct 2020
The park has free parking. If you want to go to the statue and museum, you must ascend about 50 stair steps. There is an elevator inside "Vulcan" which leads to the observation tower which must have a fabulous view of the city. I only went to the visitor center (which houses the museum and gift shop) and that provided a breath taking panorama of Birmingham. Admission to the museum is nominal (I paid $5.50 as a senior). The museum gives a good history of Jefferson County. It also has a section on the civil rights movements for both minorities and women.
Written October 29, 2020
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cynthiab
Los Alamos, NM2 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
For a first visit to Alabama, this was a great place to start. We arrived at BHM and, with our rental car, drove straight to Vulcan Park. There is a great view of Birmingham from there. In addition to the history of the Vulcan statue, the park’s modest-size museum describes the iron ore mining and steel production history of the city, including labor struggles and civil rights demonstrations related to that industry. There is an elevator as well as the original stairs to get up the tower to the platform under the massive 1904 statue of Vulcan. Even better views of the city can be accessed from up there. Below the area of the tower and museum is a room from an original iron ore mine, seen through a barred opening.
Written March 11, 2023
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genglertNorfolk_VA
Greenville, NC161 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed the museum, which has a LOT of interesting information about early Birmingham, including tidbits on coca cola rivals in the early days of the soft drink. We were able to get to the top of the tower even though the elevator was not working. It is 159 steps to the top with many landings to stop and rest. Once you get to the top there is a grating that surrounds the tower,so (unless you are uncomfortable with heights) you con see for360°.
Written October 10, 2022
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Thanks for visiting! The views from the top are unmatched!
Written December 13, 2022
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Steff S
111 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This was a neat place to visit. It’s a fairly quick visit but has some nice views. It costs $6.60 per adult to see the small museum and go up in the statue. Fun for kids but there’s not much to it.
Written February 16, 2020
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Ladye A
Saraland, AL530 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Came for the lights and visit with Santa. It was wonderful. Line to ride the elevator took awhile, my advice is to wait till about 7:30 and the line is less than 10 people. Music was great and enjoyed pictures and visit with Santa. Didn’t make it in time for the hot chocolate, but it seemed very popular. We went inside and enjoyed learning about the history of iron in Birmingham.
Written December 26, 2021
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HBH2336
Leesburg, VA561 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We walked here from our hotel downtown which was about a 1.2 mile hike up 20th. There were t sidewalks for a small portion of the walk so be careful. The views from both the museum and statue are amazing 360 views. The cost to go to the top of the statue and the museum was very affordable and worth it. Would definitely recommend going here if you’re in the area.
Written February 15, 2020
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