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. Put Birmingham Civil Rights Institute into our Birmingham trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I went to the Museum by his three michelin stars and the recommendations of trip. The Museum is interesting. It has the format of show more a story (environments) than objects and clearly it is a very good introduction to the topic of civil rights in the United States and the struggle for equality for African Americans. It has similarities with the National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Anyway it is worth visiting it
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  • Our visit here was memorable. The first thing you do is watch a short video of the history of Birmingham and the industries that built it. Then you do a self guided tour through the Civil Rights movem...  more »
  • The Civil Rights movement is documented in a realistic and compelling way that it opens your mind to the struggles of minorities. Regardless of your beliefs, everyone should visit at least one time to...  more »
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  • Very racially sensitive. I am embarrassed for my nation after visiting this institute for $15. The displays were very sturdy. Includes a Klan uniform. Creepiest robe ever. The self-tour took roughly 90 minutes. Healthy population of visitors. Expect indoor plumbing.
  • What a wonderful and sobering experience. Very thorough coverage of the fight for civil rights and racial equality. They even end the museum with monuments to other fights for equality around the world. This information was laid out in a very engaging and thought-provoking manner. We took our 9 and 7 year olds because we felt it was very important for them to see videos and pictures of these injustices. It is not attention holding for younger children, though our children were troopers as they realized the importance of it. They were bored periodically throughout the museum but we went into the museum aware of this. This place is a Birmingham must!
  • Excellent introductory video followed by self-guided exhibits showing a complete civil rights history of both the US and Alabama. Many special events specific to Birmingham were shown. The overlook to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was well done.
  • This place is absolutely wonderful. I think every child should visit to gain knowledge of the civil rights movement. This is a magnificent place and was very well thought out. This was a very emotional experience for me. I am so thankful that God and other leaders has helped us come along way. The best and most touching museum I have encountered
  • Interesting exhibit about the segregated South before 1950; however the main Civil Rights Movement portion of the museum unfortunately is made up of mainly long blocks of text about particular incidents and cluttered timelines, stopping suddenly in 1965 when segregation largely ended in Birmingham itself. IMHO it doesn't do much to help you see the big picture of this important movement and the movements it inspired. At 15 dollars you might be better off just buying a book on the subject.
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