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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. To visit Vulcan Park and Museum on your holiday in Birmingham, and find out what else Birmingham has to offer, use our Birmingham trip builder.
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  • Fantastic venue. We had a wonderful rehearsal dinner there. Clarence is delightful and so helpful. Gorgeous view of the city and a great alternative to The Club. Love the wide variety of caterers to c...  more »
  • Beautiful grounds with plenty of places to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the surroundings. The museum gives a good overview of Birmingham's roots and how the geography influenced its development as a...  more »
  • Take the elevator to the top of Vulcan stature. It is a great view to the entire city. Museum provided a brief but well thought out exhibits of Birmingham history.  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Today is June 3, 2017. Around 3:30 pm., while I was walking with my daughters and this security guard working for Vulcan Park and he was in a civilian car approaching us. He said, Are you single and wanna to have a date with him?" I said, "No." He kept staring my rear until we reahed the stairway walking up to the Vulcan Status. On my way back to my car, I have to asked some visitors to walk me and my daughters back to my car. I will never come again. I should have given -10 stars to this park if I could.
  • Great place to visit even if all you do is walk around the public areas. Great view of town; gives great perspective on layout and history of city. A must for any visitor. Wonderful spot for picnic lunch. Museum is fantastic. I don't necessarily see the value in paying to go up the statue; view is already good enough.