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 love the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement and its veterans and visiting the BCRI is like a pilgrimage for me, more so than the other civil rights museums in the South. If you go, make an effort to s...  more »
  • Immersed ourselves in the times and tragedy of our ongoing struggle to shake off the vestiges of dominance, slavery and hate. Would that everyone that takes time to walk through these exhibits, pause,...  more »
  • “It’s a self-evident truth that all men are born equal” In the Constitution, 100 years later in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, 100 years later in Dr Martin Luther King’s masterful 1963 “I have a dream”...  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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