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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Where to take out-of-town visitors

Of the various places in Birmingham to take out-of-town visitors, none is more likely to be a very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Birmingham, Alabama
Great Display of the Struggle for Black Americans in the US

I came by here with some time before meeting up with a friend, but I wish I had set aside more time... read more

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This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who changed the course of American history. The struggle for equality for Black Americans is chronicled here, from the Jim Crow laws in the 1800s to the...more
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520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
+1 205-328-9696
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Of the various places in Birmingham to take out-of-town visitors, none is more likely to be a very positive experience than the Civil Rights Institute. The displays are uniformly interesting and many are interactive. My wife and I have done this many times and we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came by here with some time before meeting up with a friend, but I wish I had set aside more time to walk around. I saw most of the main exhibits but missed a few extra and visiting the church across the street, a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited the 16th Street Baptist Church and the park where the statues of the girls who were killed there are however this was my first time to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The trip was well worth the visit! The history is in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The conference I attended offered an optional tour at the program’s conclusion. I only regret not having more time. It was educational, eye-opening, and a reflection on a bleak but heroic historic time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LisaB595
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do not miss this museum. It was at the top of my list, but not my fellow traveler's. Once we had completed it, she was so glad she had seen it. There was so much to learn, and it was so touching to think it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It will take some time to go through all the exhibits, but it's well worth the price of admission. They have so much history on display.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bonnie j
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Free on Sunday however they ask for donation up front before you get your ticket. The institute itself was nicely laid out. Not as comprehensive and wowing as the Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta, so this Institute is a bit underwhelming if you’ve visited the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 November 2018

A walk through a period of history that engages,informs and touches you deeply. I brought out of towns visitors who became totally immersed in the various exhibits and interactive displays. We spent 2 hours at the museum and wish we could have stayed longer.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank DorothyZ2013
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

Perhaps the most informative and well done museum on this delicate subject you could want. It tells the story of desegregation from the civil war on. If you are a history buff of this subject or lived through the time this played out, basically the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

I have been to the Civil Rights Institute many times. I learn something new with each visit because of something I missed. If you live in Birmingham or visiting soon make plans to visit our history.

Date of experience: June 2018
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30 October 2018|
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Response from imothers | Reviewed this property |
We did not use a tour guide. We found the museum very easy to follow on our own. Really, you want to take in this place at your own pace. What might strike you as important, may not be the same as someone else. Also, the... More
14 October 2018|
Response from romadaro | Reviewed this property |
Atlanta is a 2 hour drive from Birmingham.
21 July 2018|
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Response from Diane S | Reviewed this property |
It was 10 or 15 dollars per adult. Well worth the money.