Trip Planner:   USA  /  Alabama  /  Birmingham  /  Sightseeing  /  Vulcan Park and Museum

Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham

(4.3/5 based on 900 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.
Create a full Birmingham itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Birmingham

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Birmingham by other users

6 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 56 days in United States, Chiang Mai & Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Seattle & Birmingham BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Birmingham BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Los Angeles & Birmingham BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: May, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We stopped by the park that is free to walk around. The day we visited it was a science day where they dropped eggs from up high to see if they made if safely to the ground with their homemade contain...  more »
  • Now that I have your attention - this is a very interesting attraction and a must to take visitors to Birmingham. Perched atop the hill is Vulcan towering above the Birmingham skyline. If you want a w...  more »
  • I loved visiting this statue. The museum was filled with history of the city. I found that that the day was so beautiful and I could see around me for miles and miles. It was worth the price to go all...  more »
Google
  • Love it! This was the first time I had ever been. The views are outstanding! I would love to go back at night sometime so I can see the lights of Birmingham from the top of the hill. Cost wasn't too bad and they have a small museum that you can view besides taking the elevator to the top of the Vulcan.
  • This place is great! I believe it is only $4 to enter the park and ride an elevator to the top of vulcan. if you are visiting or reside in the birmingham area i highly recommend visiting this museum/park.
  • 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.