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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  • Wonderful history and exhibits on the civil rights struggles in Birmingham. Gave you a great sense of what things were like before the civil rights movement, and then the great hardships that people e...  more »
  • A must see for all generations. A chilling reminder of a not so distant past and of the power of men to change the course of their life when they reach the breaking point of oppression.  more »
  • A marvelous multimedia experience which walks you through the bravery and sacrifice of the struggle for freedom from segregation and discrimination in the 50s and 60s. Inspirational.  more »
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  • Brought my family. Telling them about history is one thing but being able to show them makes a huge difference. I really appreciate this center for preserving this portion of history. It was definitely worth the trio from Atlanta.
  • Great museum, lots of really 'bring it home's visual aids alongside movie and sound clips throughout. A very interactive kind of experience that brings up lots of emotions for what people had to go through for their rights. Would recommend.
  • The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is nothing short of amazing! I drove from Atlanta with my 10 year old son so that we could spend the day learning about our history and the brave men and women of Birmingham. We were both blown away at the many original artifacts that are available for all to see. You begin watching a short 8 min video providing background info of the civil rights movement in Birmingham. After the video you're allowed to go on a self guided tour throughout the museum. There are lots of very helpful staff members walking around readily available to bring insight or answer any questions you may have. You're allowed to take pictures of the exhibits, but no videos. The cost to get in is $5 for children and $15 dollars for adults. If you're a female and want to bring a purse be sure to bring a small purse as large purses are not allowed. They offer lockers for only $1 should you decide to lock up your purse or belongings. (Cash only) After paying you will give them your driver's license and in exchange they'll give you a key for your locker. After touring the museum you can walk across the street to the park where many civil rights demonstrations took place. Here you will find statues that you can simply press a button and hear all about each individual involved in the movement. Finally, you can visit the gift shop for tons of books, movies, apparel etc. Overall, I highly recommend this museum!
  • The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is nothing short of amazing! I drove from Atlanta with my 10 year old son so that we could spend the day learning about our history and the brave men and women of Birmingham. We were both blown away at the many original artifacts that are available for all to see. You begin watching a short 8 min video providing background info of the civil rights movement in Birmingham. After the video you're allowed to go on a self guided tour throughout the museum. There are lots of very helpful staff members walking around readily available to bring insight or answer any questions you may have. You're allowed to take pictures of the exhibits, but no videos. The cost to get in is $5 for children and $15 dollars for adults. If you're a female and want to bring a purse be sure to bring a small purse as large purses are not allowed. They offer lockers for only $1 should you decide to lock up your purse or belongings. (Cash only) After paying you will give them your driver's license and in exchange they'll give you a key for your locker. After touring the museum you can walk across the street to the park where many civil rights demonstrations took place. Here you will find statues that you can simply press a button and hear all about each individual involved in the movement. Finally, you can visit the gift shop for tons of books, movies, apparel etc. Overall, I highly recommend this museum!
  • Superb. If you're anywhere near Birmingham, this is not to be missed. If only every man, woman and child in America could visit this museum, the country would be better for it. To see events and a movement captured under one roof in this manner is not only highly educational but also moving. It helps bring the community of humankind closer together.
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