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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  • For the best overview of the city - both visually and its history - start your visit to Birmingham here. Even without going in the tower or the museum, you have a spectacular view of the skyline of th...  more »
  • Museum was small but interesting. The Vulcan statue has stairs and an elevator. We took the elevator up for a beautiful view of the city. The walkway is below the statue however, so not able to really...  more »
  • Awesome spot. Amazing views of Birmingham. Unfortunately we went there over New Years weekend and it was 15 degrees out. Still, an awesome little museum and a nice visual history of Birmingham. The cl...  more »
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  • Really nice place, one can go up using elevator or stairs. A nice Landscape view of city is visible from top. There is metal ramp at top surrounding the statue. It is very windy up top. Museum has lot of information if you are interested. Which will give you the insight of the mine worker life. You can get yourself a punched coin if you want.
  • Great little park on top of the mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham. The park is well kept and has a little museum/gift shop on the property. There is a picnic area as well for lunch and the views from the park are excellent. It costs a little bit to go through the museum or to go up Vulcan but the park is free if you're pinching pennies. A great place for an afternoon excursion!
  • Majestic... gorgeous views and a great deal of history... this town has strong roots and through the stories in the museum you see how Birmingham became strong. We owe a great deal to the hard working men and women that built this world... they were amazing and resilient
  • Came for a visit to Alabama and was brought to this location by friends. The view of the city is amazing and I thought it was a great spot to take pictures. They have a small museum there that provides a lot of historical information along with a gift shop. As for the large tower, you can either walk up the stairs from the inside to the top or they have an elevator. Recommend checking this place out!!
  • Great views and history! See the museum first, then come back at night to get amazing views of the city skyline. They also do a crazy 4th of July fireworks show.

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