Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham

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Home to what's thought to be the largest cast-iron statue in the world Vulcan Park and Museum tells the history of steel production in the city. Created for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and made of 100,000 pounds of iron, the statue was modeled after Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge. It represents the spirit of the city and symbolizes its origins in iron. Tour the museum to learn about the impact of steel production on this area. Climb to the top of the observation tower for a view of the city, but make sure to bring a jacket or sweater since it can get windy. There is a jogging path at the bottom of the hill, picnic areas throughout the park, and free parking available. Make Vulcan Park and Museum part of your personalized Birmingham itinerary using our Birmingham trip planner .
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  • red mountain is r e a l history. It is where the first successful efforts at black and white union were. Of course, eventually this unity was broken, but ask someone about Mine Mill. The official name...  more »
  • Not only does Vulcan Park and Museum offer great views of the city, it's museum outlines Birmingham, Alabama's industrial and sometimes contentious past. In addition to the statute , grounds and museu...  more »
  • The statue is interesting but not great in my opinion. The mountain it is sitting on gives a great view of the. It is a up hill walk from the parking lot but not far and not real steep. No charge if y...  more »
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  • Very interesting historically and impressive monument. Great representation of the city itself. Awesome views. I was impressed they did not white wash the history too badly. Didn't like that they nickel and dime you... $6 to get in, oh but you also have to pay for the museum, and unless you want to walk 25 stories up to the Vulcan there's a charge for the elevator... I'd rather just be charged up front. Anyway, definitely worth a visit.
  • There's always a full moon over Birmingham thanks to Vulcan! Vulcan Park is a great stop for tourists and locals alike. The grounds are beautifully manicured with nice walking paths, and and the views of the city from the observation deck are hard to beat. The statue itself, created in 1904 for the St. Louis World's Fair, has been wonderfully restored and is the largest cast iron statue in the world. The museum is interesting and gives the history not only of Vulcan, but of the advent of the Magic City itself. The admission fee of $6 makes it very affordable. You can picnic in the park area and find some unique Birmingham made souvenirs in the gift shop. Don't visit Birmingham without making a trip to the park!
  • We just stopped through on our way to New Orleans. It's a beautiful view of the city and really cheap. We got there after 6 pm so it was only $4 a person instead of $6. I would recommend seeing it.
  • I have to start off by saying that I didn't get to see the museum, so keep that in mind. First of all, admission price is very reasonable. The view of the city is great. The grounds are very nice. If you need to burn off some calories you can climb the 159 steps to the top. The downside is that there's just not that much to do here. Plan for an hour tops. Also, I was disappointed because it's hard to get a good shot of the statue because of the towers right next to it. Anyway, this is a nice little stop, but I'm not sure it's an absolute "must see" attraction. If you have an hour to kill and/or don't want to spend much then this is the place for you.
  • There was a tour for young children from a local organization running while I was there. Not limited to just young children a small self guided tour with a good history lesson about the area. The tower gives a fantastic view of the city below.

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