Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
4.5
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Sydney
    Saint Louis, Missouri211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational Museum
    Great museum with a prime location in Birmingham, right next to Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church. This museum isn't too expensive and very educational. The displays are powerful. Tons of information but it isn't presented in an overwhelming way. When we were there, the Institute had an Emmett Till temporary exhibit, which we really enjoyed walking through and learning about also.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Cynthia B
    Los Alamos, New Mexico31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most Comprehensive Civil Rights Experience
    The Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham is a must see. Exhibits flow chronologically from early industrial iron work jobs in Birmingham, through separate but unequal living standards, and on through the events of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s-1960s and beyond. After visiting several Civil Rights museums and monuments over one week across Alabama and Mississippi, we found this to be the most comprehensive one and the best review of what we had seen that week.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Monica-Hisano Galloway
    Asheville, North Carolina57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see destination!
    We happened by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute when we were passing through Alabama. We had no intention of spending the entire day in Birmingham, and we are so glad that we did! This facility is an incredible tribute to promoting human rights for ALL! A must-see for everyone, especially if you want to learn more about American history and Civil Rights.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 19 April 2023
  • swearengen
    Colonia, New Jersey854 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative
    This museum really gives you a good idea of the history of civil rights, with interesting displays and a lot of detail of events in the area. The layout was very easy to follow. We learned a lot. We parked in the small lot in the back. Not sure if that's full.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2023
  • DAVID S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Location enhances the experience
    We visited with five teens. The Civil Rights timeline was very good. The institute is located across the street from the park where the Children's Campaign took place and across the street from 16th Street Baptist Church. The location adds meaning to the message.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Rbprr
    Austin, Texas38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Very well done museum. Well organized and laid out. Very informative. Appropriate for persons with or without prior knowledge of the civil rights movement. We had no trouble getting tickets at the ticket booth. It cost $12 per ticket with a AAA card. It is in a very nice section of town with plenty of free parking. It is across from the 16th Street Church.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1,444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thoughful and Comprehensive
    By the time we came to the BCRI, we’d seen nearly every stop along the Civil Rights Trail - plus some bonus sites that should be on the trail. And yet, even with our familiarity with all of the topics, we still enjoyed ourselves. The museum takes a more measured approach and spends it’s currency toward creating a feeling of the movement. This was appreciated. If you have the chance to sit and watch some of the primary source archival footage, that may be the “cherry on top” for those that are looking for something additional. Oh, and for a Birmingham twist, there is a small section on A.G. Gaston who is worth the lookup if you aren’t already familiar with the man. Overall, a recommended stop in Birmingham.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Constance
    Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Emotional resonance
    A profound journey through American history and the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibits are thoughtfully curated, providing deep insights into the struggles and triumphs. Engaging multimedia elements enhance the emotional impact. The Institute fosters reflection and dialogue, encouraging visitors to contemplate the significance of equality and justice. The staff's passion for sharing this crucial narrative is evident. A must-visit destination that leaves a lasting impression.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 February 2024
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NanolaMarie
Hornell, NY91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a must see when in Birmingham. It has all the elements of a great museum! It is informative, easy to follow and extremely engaging! Everyone should see this museum to learn about the struggles of minorities in our country. It is piece of history that is so intrinsic to our society.
Written 21 February 2024
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Constance
Waltham Abbey, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A profound journey through American history and the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibits are thoughtfully curated, providing deep insights into the struggles and triumphs. Engaging multimedia elements enhance the emotional impact. The Institute fosters reflection and dialogue, encouraging visitors to contemplate the significance of equality and justice. The staff's passion for sharing this crucial narrative is evident. A must-visit destination that leaves a lasting impression.
Written 15 February 2024
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
By the time we came to the BCRI, we’d seen nearly every stop along the Civil Rights Trail - plus some bonus sites that should be on the trail. And yet, even with our familiarity with all of the topics, we still enjoyed ourselves. The museum takes a more measured approach and spends it’s currency toward creating a feeling of the movement. This was appreciated. If you have the chance to sit and watch some of the primary source archival footage, that may be the “cherry on top” for those that are looking for something additional. Oh, and for a Birmingham twist, there is a small section on A.G. Gaston who is worth the lookup if you aren’t already familiar with the man. Overall, a recommended stop in Birmingham.
Written 16 October 2023
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Sheryl P
Beltsville, MD372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This museum is a very well-presented explanation with exhibits of a sobering and sad subject. It is worth the visitors' time, especially if you have children or teens in your group, because they are not being taught this history in many school systems. For those of us who lived this slice of history--either in person or by watching it unfold in horrifying video footage on the nightly news--it is uncomfortable to relive. But necessary. We must not forget. Allow extra time for your visit, so that the reality of events in each section of history can be absorbed and pondered.
Written 15 September 2023
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Rbprr
Austin, TX38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Very well done museum. Well organized and laid out. Very informative. Appropriate for persons with or without prior knowledge of the civil rights movement. We had no trouble getting tickets at the ticket booth. It cost $12 per ticket with a AAA card. It is in a very nice section of town with plenty of free parking. It is across from the 16th Street Church.
Written 19 July 2023
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,712 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We are old enough to know these events first hand but these displays were well done for under 18 years old (in my opinion). I can't recommend it for us as it's pricey for what we got out of it.
Written 18 July 2023
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DAVID S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We visited with five teens. The Civil Rights timeline was very good. The institute is located across the street from the park where the Children's Campaign took place and across the street from 16th Street Baptist Church. The location adds meaning to the message.
Written 4 June 2023
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swearengen
Colonia, NJ854 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This museum really gives you a good idea of the history of civil rights, with interesting displays and a lot of detail of events in the area. The layout was very easy to follow. We learned a lot. We parked in the small lot in the back. Not sure if that's full.
Written 16 May 2023
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George Bohan
Akron, OH247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This museum deserves all the positive reviews you see here. It's very well done, very informative. The stories told in the building are powerful and emotional.

The staff is friendly and helpful.

Parking on the streets is easy (we went in the morning) but you do need to download that parking app (if you don't already have it).

Be sure to book a tour at the East 16th Street Baptist Church, right across the street. (It's a different operation...tickets are available online and, I'm sure, at the church.)
Written 14 May 2023
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Monica-Hisano Galloway
Asheville, NC57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We happened by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute when we were passing through Alabama. We had no intention of spending the entire day in Birmingham, and we are so glad that we did! This facility is an incredible tribute to promoting human rights for ALL! A must-see for everyone, especially if you want to learn more about American history and Civil Rights.
Written 19 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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