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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
+1 205-328-9696
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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

Now more than ever I am grateful for a place like this to take my children (ages 9 and 12) and show them how far the country has come in the struggle for equality, even as we still have so far to go. I wanted...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stoped in Birmingham on a road trip for the express purpose of checking out this museum. We are a white family, not that it should matter, but maybe it's relevant here. There wasn't a dry eye among us as we left. It doesn't take...More

1  Thank KSarahGH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am so glad that I was able to fit this visit into my trip. It was a powerful visit with so much history tucked into 1 building. Each display was fabulous and there was even a moment when I had to hold back the...More

1  Thank DestinyStL
Reviewed 1 week ago

self guided tour, some rooms appeared to have more than one direction to go. Learned more about the difficult times in Montgomery and Birmingham areas. It is rather saddening still to see and hear the horrors people have done to each other just because of...More

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I teach at a local HBCU and thought that I knew a lot about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. I took my four (young) children here twice, and both times I was moved to tears. Very educational for both adults and children. I would...More

Thank WanderingQMS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had driven from Atlanta to spend a weekend in Memphis, and I found that I had allotted a little too much time for everything I had planned, so I decided to get up early to leave Memphis and stop in Birmingham at the Civil...More

Thank Dez P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you only see one thing in Birmingham make sure it is the Civil Rights Institute. Excellent set up that takes you through the decades and explains the overall civil rights struggle as well as the local events and figures in Birmingham. Give yourself 2-3...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm from Atlanta so I'm around a lot Civil Rights history -- what made the Civil Rights Institute unique is that it's focus on Birmingham's role in the era and the city's transformation as it tried to escape it's past. The Institute is a gorgeous...More

Thank JESMizzou
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone should visit here! It was done so wonderfully well...so informative...such an excellent way to tell the sad story of civil rights.

Thank Robin K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a good museum for both people who know the civil rights story and for ones who don't. They have a good collection of historical memorabilia and the museum is designed in a way that takes you through the civil rights story from beginning...More

1  Thank Sal_Paradise767
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8 September 2017|
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Response from Michelle D | Reviewed this property |
We parked in the 16th Street Church parking lot with no problem although, as another poster responded, there is also parking on the street. Be sure to leave a little extra time to stroll through the park across the street... More
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.
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22 June 2016|
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Response from dashiell3 | Reviewed this property |
the address is 1520 16th Street North