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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. Make Vulcan Park and Museum part of your personalized Birmingham itinerary using our Birmingham trip planner.
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  • We enjoyed the museum, which has a LOT of interesting information about early Birmingham, including tidbits on coca cola rivals in the early days of the soft drink. We were able to get to the top of....  more
    We enjoyed the museum, which has a LOT of interesting information about early Birmingham, including tidbits on coca cola rivals in the early days of the soft drink. We were able to get to the top of....  more »
  • Attended nephew’s rehearsal dinner at restaurant & their food was really delicious. Bartender, Madison, displayed outstanding service with a friendly attitude. Her smiling personality made everyone... 
    Attended nephew’s rehearsal dinner at restaurant & their food was really delicious. Bartender, Madison, displayed outstanding service with a friendly attitude. Her smiling personality made everyone...  more »
  • Fantastic views and a huge statue, but the look of Vulcan can scare anyone from ever visiting Birmingham again. If you need to see Birmingham then do visit. 
    Fantastic views and a huge statue, but the look of Vulcan can scare anyone from ever visiting Birmingham again. If you need to see Birmingham then do visit.  more »
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  • I love that this was a fun and easy hike up to from 5 points! I didn't get to go exploring the trails, just the museum and statue, but still enjoyed it quite a lot. One $6 ticket allows you into the museum and a ride up the elevator to the feet of the statue (or you also have the option to walk the staircase *inside* the pillar, which is absolutely what I did!). The museum is nicely done, approximately 7-8 rooms with the history of the town, culture, community, and struggles. It also gives a history of why this spot was so important to Birmingham. I would have loved to see more of the cave aspect, but I can only imagine it's not as safe or stable... You get a great overview of the city from even the base of the statue! There are binoculars to use, and a little drink and snack cart (with adult beverages!) to treat yourself after that hike. I loved that they had this really neat bicycle tuning tool near the parking lot! I've never seen anything like it! It had everything you could need to fix anything with your bike. How thoughtful!
  • Small area and average park. Sufficient parking space available. You can see the entire downtown area from the Vulcan statue which is accessible via lift but you need to buy tickets for that. Good location for a morning walk or evening gathering. I didn't see any outlets inside but there is a museum and a small souvenir store inside.
  • A great stop after driving all day in the car. We walked up all 158 flights of stairs. The views were great. Tickets were 6 dollars and allowed entry to the museum as well. They are good all day. There is an elevator. A few steps down there is an entrance to an old mine. There was also a concession stand. The museum was well done and impressive. I would recommend this for a quick break from the car on road trips.
  • Unexpected, simple beauty. Great museum to learn some history of Birmingham, the Civil Rights movement, how the Vulcan came to be....even Coke and Pepsi. The park grounds are well manicured. Great views of the city can be had here without even climbing to the Vulcan's highest level. Being able to take the stairs or the glass elevator up the statue is a great option. You are only able to get to the foot of the Vulcan which is still extremely high. Overall a great park.
  • This was an interesting experience. I recommend the tour - it's only $6 for adults. There's a gift shop, stellar views especially if you go up to the Vulcan. Lots of educational signs too!

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