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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
+1 205-328-9696
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Across the street from 16th Baptist Church, this place has amazing exhibits that bring home the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Auburn, Alabama
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A moving museum all should experience

This was the main reason we traveled to Birmingham and it did not disappoint. It is the first... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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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520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
+1 205-328-9696
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Across the street from 16th Baptist Church, this place has amazing exhibits that bring home the struggle all the way through the civil rights movement. Moving and emotional memorabilia throughout the center. Short film and interactive exhibits are great also. I'm glad I went with...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was the main reason we traveled to Birmingham and it did not disappoint. It is the first museum I have visited that was silent. It is impossible to imagine a patron that would not be moved by what they read, listened to and saw....More

Thank Maureen H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I visited with the students in a college class I'm teaching. The only black male was followed by museum staff to the point that he was afraid to breathe. He heard them using walkie talkies to report his movements. We left the museum and will...More

3  Thank Linda T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Absolutely jaw dropping. My husband and I took m son to the Civil Rights Institute. We had a wonderful time. It was an eye opener. So many things to see. When you are in Birmingham this is a must see. For all races.

1  Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visiting Birmingham from Canada. This museum was a priority for us to see. It was excellent. Sobering. Informative. Definitely something for adults and children alike. My pre-teen kids asked a lot of questions, most of which were answered by the displays. An employee at the...More

Thank Amy L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took family, including 2 teenage boys, to experience this critical part of American history. The museum is laid out extremely well, allowing one to immerse into a different time. Creates powerful memories and enhances understanding. Highly recommend making this a must see on ant trip...More

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the main reasons for our visit to Birmingham was to visit important sites and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement. Our tour guide was energetic and fantastic- providing us with information about the movement and many of the lesser know key figures...More

Thank Meliska
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful tour of history...... American History that everyone could learn from. The wealth of information was given in an orderly fashion. It's a beautiful facility.

Thank KWG205
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the day to explore the downtown Birmingham area and decided to stop in at the civil rights museum. This was an amazing experience. There is so much history to be learned. They start you off in a room where you watch a short film...More

Thank GoodTimeSmitty
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is hard to describe the emotions that I experienced as i walked through reading, seeing examples of what the time was like. The exhibits were interesting and clear in the differences in how people have been treated. I sat and listened to some of...More

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29 December 2016|
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Response from Taji B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but I agree with Jessica R. It's not in the best part of town so walk it during the daytime hours.
Sandra W
22 June 2016|
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Response from dashiell3 | Reviewed this property |
the address is 1520 16th Street North
errick c
6 June 2016|
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Response from Ann J | Reviewed this property |
Birmingham, Alabama now, I think only have a few "tourist" spots to visit in reference to/related to civil rights. The 16th Street Baptist Church (where the 3 young African American girls lost their lives from a bomb... More