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Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham

Categories: Monuments, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
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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  • We went on Labor Day weekend. The view is phenomenal. We chose to not go up in the elevator because of the time of day but regardless, it was beautiful! 
  • We had about half an hour to kill before the science museum opened. This was the perfect place to get a feel for the city and to let the kids run for a bit, The museum and statue weren't open yet so w...  read more »
  • Great view of the city from the top of the monument. Comprehensive museum of how the Iron ore mines contributed to the development of Birmingham. 
  • One of the best views in the city and a unique venue. We had our rehearsal dinner here and everyone enjoyed themselves. There is a list of vendors for catering to choose from and they pretty much let you decorate however you want- candles do have to be covered. There is indoor and outdoor space, your guests have access to the grounds, event room, statue, museum. AV equipment includes speaker system, screen and projector. Clarence was a pleasure to work with, inviting and knowledgeable. He was willing to do whatever he could to make things easy and a success.
  • Wonderful museum about the iron and steel industry in Birmingham. The statue is beautiful and the view from the observation deck is wonderful. Great park and the staff is knowledgeable and pleasant.
  • Vulcan Park has one of the best views of Birmingham; it is not THE best view due to some trees that tend to block the view a bit. The best views are up the hill a bit near the TV stations located atop the mountain. The park itself is comprised of a museum with displays and stories about the history of the statue, and an observation tower that takes you inside the statue. That would be the other way to get a good view of B'ham. It's not free, but it is a nice way to remember a trip to Bama. The statue was renovated in the early 2000's (2004, I believe) for about $12,000,000.00 USD. Total waste of money for such an ugly creation. That's okay, though, it was paid for by all the tax paying U.S. citizens. It's not like we had a war to fight, or anything. I do recommend visiting Vulcan Park, but only once, unless you just like ugly statues and great views.
  • Must see. The tower offers a breath-taking view of the city. You can see through the floor of the platform which gives you that thrill when you look down. Fun if you're not afraid of heights, of course :) The museum next to the Vulcan tower tells the history of the city and its lifestyle in the period of the industrial revolution. I definitely recommend taking a tour! Quality illustrations, engaging stories and some interactive elements you can play with.
  • Definitely a must if you're in the area. The museum is small, but provides great information about the area. And of course make sure to go up on the statue's vista, beautiful view of Birmingham. You can use the stairwell to get up, or the elevator for those using a wheelchair.
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