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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham
(4.7/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Just a remarkable place to see the Civil Rights movement up close and personal. Outstanding exhibits that take you both back in time, and also make you aware that by working together much more can be ...  more »
  • Whether you live in the "Ham" or are just visiting, the Birmingham Civil Right Institute is a must to understanding the city's rich history. The museum is extremely well done and family friendly. The ...  more »
  • This is a well researched and well presented museum about the civil rights movement. Although I knew the subject reasonably well (it was in the media a lot all over the world including in my country, ...  more »
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  • A heart-wrenching but beautiful and ultimately necessary tribute to what our city (and our country) went through to give the same rights to Black Americans that are given to caucasians, something that was long overdue. The museum is incredibly interactive and immersive, and one leaves feeling horrified at what has occurred, but also hopeful at what can be accomplished if enough people work toward a movement.
  • A group of my church youth and I visited this amazing place along with the 16th Street Baptist Church. This area is a place you must see in Birmingham. Also, Freedom Park is across the street. Bring some Kleenex please, you will definitely shed tears. A seriously life changing experience.
  • The museum itself was probably the best civil rights museum my wife and I have been to. The park was beautiful as well. Major complaint - could not walk more than 10 feet without getting agressively panhandled in the park. The "no panhandling" park rule is not enforced
  • Great museum and very moving. Also the staff was very friendly and helpful. Everyone's ought to check this out.