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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
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+1 205-328-9696
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Interesting museum

Real interesting museum on a topic that is a ugly period of history for the Southern US. Starts off with a quick 8 minute film then you are lead into the museum to begin a self... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Medford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Real interesting museum on a topic that is a ugly period of history for the Southern US. Starts off with a quick 8 minute film then you are lead into the museum to begin a self guided tour. The exhibits are well designed and very informative. The pictures and videos that go along with the descriptions are what makes this... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately the institute is undergoing a refurbishment so was not fully open, it starts with a 8 minute film and then you enter into the main part, it was very interesting and brings shame to white people who allowed such racist things to happen, it also shamed me to think that this was going on in my life, probably is... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to visit to explore the rich Civil Rights History of Birmingham Alabama. It is and excellent place for school aged children and adults.

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the last stop on our two day self-guided Alabama Civil Rights trail, and it was unanimously decided we should have started here. The use of displays, timelines, donated items and primary sources were thought provoking and informative. The sense of time and place were captivating. Our sixteen year old stated this was his favourite centre/museum over the two... More 

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Hiram, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In town for the Birmingham Bowl, we wanted to also take advantage of what Birmingham had to offer. Using Trip Advisor and Pinterest, it was evident that the Civil Rights Museum was something to see. It was well worth it and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area. It is often difficult to find something that all three... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I and my wife visited the museum today. Lots of photos, videos and the reproduction of the segregated places are exciting. A place to visit to do memory and builds social and political skills. Perfect for families and schools.

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Westfield, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very well done museum that walks through a lot of the civil rights struggles in America, centered on Birmingham. They have done a fantastic job and the exhibits and experience are very moving and impactful. the exhibits make a lot of these events which can seem more distant to younger kids much more vivid and real. my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to take a walk back in the past! A neat little trail that takes about 20-30 minutes to walk and it tells u a story!

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Valles Mines, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very impressive overview of the civil rights movement. Photos, videos, and vignettes of classrooms and a church churned up memories of that era for me. I strongly encourage parents to bring their children to experience a thoughtfully laid out, inspiring museum.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spent two hours here and could have easily extended the visit by exploring the rich collection of materials in the resource center. Upon entry there is a short film that provides useful context for the history of race relations in Birmingham. The museum has an extensive collection of audio, video, and artifacts from the struggle to achieve civil rights.... More 

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