Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham
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 .
Vulcan Park and Museum Reviews
Built for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair to promote Birmingham's iron and steel industry, Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world - weighing in at 100,000 pounds (120,000 pounds if his ac... more »
Nice little museum with great views of the City of Birmingham. Grounds are well kept, staff is friendly and the history of the site is interesting. Make sure to take a trip to the top of the structure... more »
It's worth a short drive to the statue and outlook. Optionally visit the museum for $6. Also a well-stocked gift shop. more »
It had been several years since I had visited Vulcan and now that I have children of my own, it was time to take them so we loaded up and headed down to see the largest cast iron colossus in the world. They have made many improvements to the park and grounds since I have been! There are picnic areas, manicured grounds to walk and informational stops around the statue to let you know what you are seeing and some of the history behind it. All of these things are available for free. If you would like to go to the observation deck on the pedestal of Vulcan or into the museum, it'll cost you but not a whole lot. They offer Senior Citizen and AAA discounts and all of the employees were very nice. The museum encompassed the entire history of Birmingham and was worth the entrance fee. They offered a scavenger hunt for the kids, low key but kept them interested, and a modest gift shop. There are two ways to get to the observation deck on Vulcan, the stairs inside his pedestal or the glass elevator. We went up the stairs, which was not too bad, and came down the elevator which was a nice ride. The observation deck offers a beautiful view of Birmingham from atop of Red Mountain. Be aware that if you are afraid of heights, the decking is substantial and surrounded by a chest-high "fence" of sorts that helps you feel secure but you are standing on a grate and if you look straight down you will be able to see the ground below you. There was a traveler there who was uncomfortable but she managed by staying close to the pedestal and not looking directly down. This was a nice trip to a peaceful place that is rich with southern history.
History lessons aside, this is a fantastic venue. Indoor and outdoor space for use and catering available. Our event was cozy and the food was fantastic. Not a large space for big events but certainly worth checking out. Also a great place to bring kids for a little fun and learning experience. Can't beat the views anywhere in town either.
We only visited the park and walked around the Vulcan statue. You have to buy tickets for the museum and to go up into the statue. You get a great view of Birmingham from here! There are some signs around the statue that explain the history and significance. Worth seeing!
The visit was okay. You could not get a good picture of the iron man though. I was also told that you used to be able to look through a telescope from the feet of the statue and get good views of the city of Birmingham. You cannot do this anymore. The museum is very small, but has videos playing of the history behind the statue and park. A lot of things were taken out during renovation of the park that should have been left in my opinion. Waterfalls were removed and the telescopes were moved to lower levels. Very disappointed. They need to get it back to the original design to make it worth the money to visit.
I was here 25 years ago and wanted to visit again when I was in Birmingham with my wife. After the most recent restoration this place looks great. Worth it to pay for a ticket so you can go up in then tower and see the museum. All the employees were very friendly and helpful - thanks! Great views of the city too.
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