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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
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+1 205-328-9696
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10:00 - 17:00
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This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of...

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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Extremely moving experience

We only had a couple of hours to spend in Birmingham, so chose this museum and the church across the street as the places to go. So glad we did. Doesn't matter where you are from... read more

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We only had a couple of hours to spend in Birmingham, so chose this museum and the church across the street as the places to go. So glad we did. Doesn't matter where you are from, what your background, what your color. This experience draws you right into the civil rights movement and has you feeling the horror of it... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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This is such a good experience for everyone who goes. Great history and a reminder of how tings were. Birmingham has come a long way

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I usually make this a must for my visitors, inasmuch as I am a retired Yankee professor who taught and lived with those of us who lived through the Movement. I retired from the oldest HBCU in Alabama and can attest to the authenticity of the exhibits and artifacts. One exhibit especially affects me: two small scenes contrasting 1965 White... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've lived in Birmingham my whole life and it's amazing how much new things I find out every time I visit this historical place. The family loved it!

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Franklin, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In a word.... awesome. So much information here and so much stuff you don't learn in school about what really went on. On one level it is very sad to learn about, but on the other, it is very enriching to understand what really went on to ensure it never happens again. The workers are very nice and helpful. Only... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great museum for viewers young and old. Creative scenes of historic events in the struggle for an end to segregation. Film clips of Freedom Riders, Ku Klux Klan, Southern citizens in the 1950's - all very poignant and educational. Replica of burned bus of Freedom Riders is especially moving. Bring the children. They need to see this exhibit.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed this place and the overall set-up. It was very well planned and had a lot of very well planned exhibit areas. I thought I knew a lot about the civil rights struggles but I learned a lot of things on my visit here. It was very interesting.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place with our children who are African. They continue to be shocked by the fact that people were treated differently because of the color of their skin. We want them to know and understand this history so they can be a voice when history tries to repeat itself. This is a fantastic museum filled with SO much... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely well put together museum that is extremely interactive with lots to see and read. The short welcome in the beginning was delivered by very friendly and knowledgeable individuals. Toured many museums on civil rights and this was one of my favorites. Located directly across from the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park which both are significant... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in Birmingham looking for something to do, spend a few hours at the Civil Rights museum. It does a fantastic job of taking you deeper than what you learned about in school. I could go on and on about the amazing things I saw there and some good take away points but you should check it out on... More 

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