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. PutBirmingham 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 toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute after taking a three-hour history tour of the city. I would definitely recommend doing it this way. The Institute carefully documents information about.....  more
    I toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute after taking a three-hour history tour of the city. I would definitely recommend doing it this way. The Institute carefully documents information about.....  more »
  • There is so much to see at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The jail door from the cell in which Dr. King wrote his "Letter From Birmingham Jail" was one of the many highlights. Equally... 
    There is so much to see at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The jail door from the cell in which Dr. King wrote his "Letter From Birmingham Jail" was one of the many highlights. Equally...  more »
  • This is a clean, open, well lit museum. The staff members are super nice. And if you don’t know much about the right for civil rights in Alabama and the south, this is a great place to start... 
    This is a clean, open, well lit museum. The staff members are super nice. And if you don’t know much about the right for civil rights in Alabama and the south, this is a great place to start...  more »
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  • Wonderful museum, right in the heart of one of the most dramatic scenes of the civil rights movement. Give yourself a couple of hours at least; worth the visit. The exhibits were powerful and informative. Learned a lot.
  • Everytime we go out of town we look for educational museums and places to visit that talk about our history. This place didn't disappoint. Even though we've been to several Civil Rights Museums, this one not only focused on the movement but also Birmingham's role. A must visit.
  • The civil institute had a lot facts regarding the civil rights movements in Birmingham. My family and I enjoyed the book reading in the cafe/ gift shop. Then we were greeted by friendly staff that guided us to a short film presentation that opened up into several exhibits that allowed us to take a journey back into the past. They also have a baseball exhibit the will open soon.
  • I loved the pies in the gift shop, the customer service from the staff, and the experience. Do not take a purse or bag or they will make you get a locker. Give yourself enough time to browse everything! This place along with the church across the street is a must see!!
  • My wife and I, a retired cop and nurse had the distinct pleasure of making the acquaintance of Marshay Webb, BCRI Operations Manager today. Sometimes it's hard to believe that these events occurred during our lifetimes ? It's a graphic illustration that it did. Soon my generation will be gone and the institutional knowledge will go with us. But your Museum will continue to share this knowledge. Thank you for letting us enjoy your beautiful interpretive Museum!

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