Our group was an adult couple with 8-year-old boy and even though it was hot, sticky, mid-afternoon when we visited on 6/10/13, we definitely enjoyed visiting.
For a free exhibit, this one rocks, literally. The office was not open the day we visited but we were able to explore and found the signs quite informative regarding what we were seeing. There are many parking spots under the train tracks adjacent to the furnace. Not only are they free as well, they're in total shade. Priceless!
We had seen everything after about an hour but we were reluctant to leave and wish there were more parts available for the public to explore. It felt like if we just stayed a few more minutes, burly men might show up to clock in for their shift and bring the place back to life... The signs saying there are cameras watching the place and its' visitors are somehow comforting while also adding to the creepiness.
This was definitely worth the time and effort of stopping on our way through Birmingham.
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