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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
+1 205-328-9696
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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 freedom rides, sit-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s.
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520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
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Reviewed 2 days ago

So glad we visited. Much of the history of civil rights suppression and progress has not been taught in the United States, but it needs to be known if any of us want to keep our freedom. It was especially heartening to see parents with...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Photos, eye witness videos, documents. Social grandstanding at its best. Located in Birmingham Civil Rights District part of the National Registered places system. Not a place for small children because of violent content.

Thank Frog P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My children and I enjoyed the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum. There was a lot of history in one place. We have also been to the museum in Atlanta so it was hard not to compare. That's why I gave it four stars. There was not...More

Thank Ro K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

THIS IS THE PREMIUM ATTRACTION IN BIRMINGHAM. If you see nothing else in this town, do go to see this. Beautiful exhibit. So many different ways or preseniting the material.

Thank Jean H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really thought-provoking set of exhibits that reminds you of our history and how it is not really that long ago.

Thank J G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum. We brought the kids here and it was a great opportunity to learn about what was happening in and around Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I truly enjoyed visiting this institute. Friendly staff and the museum itself was informative and detailed which I like. I will always remember it stated in my words “this was not here to rile people but to introduce the facts of what happened especially in...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Plan a few hours for this place! There is so much to see/read. Displays are well done. We happened to attend at a time with a few large groups and it was a little crowded. Could use more benches and bathrooms. We spent a long...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highly recommended. Birmingham was the hot seat of so much resistance in the Civil Rights Movement, this stop is invaluable to learn more of our country's painful past and hopeful future. Seeing "colored" & "white" water fountains is a jarring example of a past that...More

Thank C S
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

This is a great museum to learn more about the struggle for civil rights. Our visit began with a short video which served as an introduction to some of the history inside. The museum has a lot of artifacts and there is a lot of...More

2  Thank Evelyn C
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NewName123
27 January 2018|
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Response from Sue M | Reviewed this property |
Allow at least an hour but if you are really interested you can spend much longer. Especially if you engage one of the staff who can talk with you about so much more.
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Sgoes
8 September 2017|
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Response from Michelle D | Reviewed this property |
We parked in the 16th Street Church parking lot with no problem although, as another poster responded, there is also parking on the street. Be sure to leave a little extra time to stroll through the park across the street... More
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mrsbrowning
30 December 2016|
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Response from Taji B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but I agree with Jessica R. It's not in the best part of town so walk it during the daytime hours.
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