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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

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Tracing the journey of one of American's most volatile times as a nation, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute researches and showcases the lessons learned during the Civil Rights Movement. Via interactive exhibits and archives, you can follow numerous events and racial struggles that have taken place in Birmingham from the 1950s until today. Take a self-guided tour through 5,400 sq m (58,000 sq ft) of galleries that present dramatic images of inequity and segregation. You'll hear true stories about the fight for equality and see life-sized displays and multimedia presentations. You'll also discover the positive events that changed the world. This museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. See Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and all Birmingham has to offer by arranging your trip with our Birmingham trip itinerary maker.
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  • This is a great historical record of the Civil Rights movement. It's exceptionally well laid out and informative. The content is both startling and thought provoking. The events and courageous people ...  more »
  • As an American I'm not thrilled with this aspect of our past but I am heartened to learn the deeply divisive racial discrimination is largely in the past. Lingering effects remain, to be sure, but we ...  more »
  • I truly believe this should be a required field trip for school children, and of course, every adult. Hopefully this painful part of yesterdays will NEVER be repeated, and we can all learn to love eve...  more »
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  • I LOVED the Civil Rights Institute!! Educational, emotional, and a sense of hope for equal civil rights and treatment for ALL people in the United States. Each person has a journey and a story. Take a moment to step out of your story/life and embrace the story, journey, and fight for equal treatment and rights. Keep a growth mindset throughout the experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience this amazing National Monument. I ended up spending over 3 and a half hours reading, gathering information, and experiencing emotions over the injustices which my fellow humans faced.
  • Very moving! Great presentation, clean, and informative. I took an 8 year old that I babysit, who didn't have much prior Civil Rights Movement knowledge. The museum had her engaged, asking questions, and learning about the time. I would like to give a heads up that the movie presentation prior to entering the museum uses "the n word" a few times. Had I known beforehand, I would have been able to ask her parents either how to explain the context, or to have them discuss this with her before.
  • Very well done! Great explanation of civil rights movement / human rights. Such an important thing for people to brush up on and know about. Nice facilities
  • A painful look at our history, this museum doesn't pull punches. My only issue is that the video at the beginning paints race with broad strokes (whites were bad to blacks), and that can give a sense of over-simplification to a very complicated issue. Other than that, the museum is a must-see stop.
  • This place gave me chills, with a reaction like that i would highly recommend visiting this historic museum.

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