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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    What a wonderful way to spend some time! You get amazing views of the city, and a lot of information on the history of 'The Iron City' of Birmingham. I think it was only like $6 a ticket to view the m...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The view of Birmingham is terrific, but to do anything but walk the grounds such as go up the tower or view the museum there is a charge. The Vulcan Man is impressive.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Vulcan park sits above the city and if you go up in the tower it does offer a spectacular view of the city. For those who are afraid of heights you may want to skip as landing on top fairly narrow and...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    Very interesting historically and impressive monument. Great representation of the city itself. Awesome views. I was impressed they did not white wash the history too badly. Didn't like that they nickel and dime you... $6 to get in, oh but you also have to pay for the museum, and unless you want to walk 25 stories up to the Vulcan there's a charge for the elevator... I'd rather just be charged up front. Anyway, definitely worth a visit.
  • April 24, 2017
    There's always a full moon over Birmingham thanks to Vulcan! Vulcan Park is a great stop for tourists and locals alike. The grounds are beautifully manicured with nice walking paths, and and the views of the city from the observation deck are hard to beat. The statue itself, created in 1904 for the St. Louis World's Fair, has been wonderfully restored and is the largest cast iron statue in the world. The museum is interesting and gives the history not only of Vulcan, but of the advent of the Magic City itself. The admission fee of $6 makes it very affordable. You can picnic in the park area and find some unique Birmingham made souvenirs in the gift shop. Don't visit Birmingham without making a trip to the park!
  • June 26, 2017
    We just stopped through on our way to New Orleans. It's a beautiful view of the city and really cheap. We got there after 6 pm so it was only $4 a person instead of $6. I would recommend seeing it.
  • April 21, 2017
    I have to start off by saying that I didn't get to see the museum, so keep that in mind. First of all, admission price is very reasonable. The view of the city is great. The grounds are very nice. If you need to burn off some calories you can climb the 159 steps to the top. The downside is that there's just not that much to do here. Plan for an hour tops. Also, I was disappointed because it's hard to get a good shot of the statue because of the towers right next to it. Anyway, this is a nice little stop, but I'm not sure it's an absolute "must see" attraction. If you have an hour to kill and/or don't want to spend much then this is the place for you.
  • June 12, 2017
    There was a tour for young children from a local organization running while I was there. Not limited to just young children a small self guided tour with a good history lesson about the area. The tower gives a fantastic view of the city below.

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