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Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham
(4.3/5 based on 800+ 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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  • I wont spoil the story of the Vulcan statue, but it has nothing to do with Star Trek!!!!! This is a nice little park and museum. We didnt get a chance to go up in the tower, but the views were really ...  more »
  • You can get some great views of the city from up here and they have a neat little museum. It is something to do but once you have seen you dont have to come back. 
  • It was a really cool view of the whole area! Great for a wedding. Really not that expensive to visit. 
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  • 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.