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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
Ranked #2 of 99 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

As a non museum person.. we found this interactive museum to be interesting. Easy go skip through some exhibits if wanted.. the majority were very well displayed. A good mix of sight and sound education. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Definitely a must see in Birmingham given its rich history of involvement in the Civil Rights movement. I recommend going alone or with others who don't mind spending a long time there as there is a lot to see. There were many times I felt emotional as it's easy to feel the struggles of African Americans during that time period, so definitely prepare yourself for that. Especially a must-see given our current political climate.

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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

This is definitely a place everyone who goes to Birmingham should visit. I didn't have much time because I was in town for business but I spent a little over an hour and thought it was worth the visit. I would recommend 90 min to 2 hours. You could spend longer but it's a lot of info. Interesting. Information. Take the time to speak to the people who work there, because some of them lived it first hand and can share their stories if you take the time to speak to them. Outrageous to see all of the atrocities that took place and are still happening. We need to be better.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

While in Birmingham we wanted to visit something historical. This was the place. We stepped back in time and truly felt the oppression and hate of the time. You are able to view the park and church from the second story of the exhibit.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

My family visited this museum while in Birmingham for a weekend. Since we arrived before the museum was open, we walked through historic Kelly Ingram Park which is across the street from the museum. The park has an outstanding dial in audio tour that is educational and poignant. Upon completing the walking tour at the park, we visited the Civil Rights Institute. The museum is highly informative and well done. Everyone in my group learned a lot and felt it was a powerful experience. The only negative part of the museum is that the temperature inside the building is kept extremely cool. Be sure to bring a jacket so you can concentrate on the exhibits. We finished our outing by seeing the 16th Street Baptist Church, where 4 girls died in a bombing by the Ku Klux Klan in 1963. Combining a visit to the park, the museum and the church provides an excellent civil rights lesson.

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