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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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Fascinating display

It will take some time to go through all the exhibits, but it's well worth the price of admission... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
bonnie j
baltimore, United States
Impressive exhibit of Civil Rights era

A walk through a period of history that engages,informs and touches you deeply. I brought out of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Birmingham, Alabama
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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
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Reviewed 4 days 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.

Thank bonnie j
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Amit S
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank DorothyZ2013
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank George K
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank anorwar
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was impressed from the time I walked in. The building is very well maintained and all the displays were not only informative, but very interesting. I learned so much and liked that it told both the good and bad times and activities of the...More

Thank DLK5-16
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is awesome in that you feel the history as you go through the exhibits an hear and read the accounts of and facts of what was going on. The music being play was also what makes the history of the civil rights and...More

Thank 205yvetteh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything is beautifully laid out and interpreted and the stories are told with incredible dignity. A great way to learn about the civil rights movevent in Birmingham.

Thank M H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well done museum outlining the civil rights of Birmingham as well as other key areas in the south. Recommend spending a couple of hours here. Note that the museum is closed on Mondays.

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 10 year old and I drove from New Orleans to visit the Institute (playing hooky from school for the day!) It was well worth the unexcused absence. We learned more in two hours here than he probably has in his entire education so far....More

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30 October 2018|
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Response from Steven Y | Reviewed this property |
We did not use a tour guide for the museum as it was really not necessary. If you are looking for a tour guide for the surrounding area I would suggest Red Clay Tours. We did his beer tour and it was great, and I know that... 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.