Vulcan Park and Museum
Vulcan Park and Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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The largest cast-iron statue in the world created for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair placed on top of Red Mountain with a beautiful view of downtown Birmingham. Also, inside Vulcan Center, is an interactive museum that contains the historical timeline of the city of Birmingham.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • rdyrtr99
    Saint Louis, Missouri49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Statue
    Interesting history of the Vulcan statue and the homage it pays to the Iron ore miners in the early day s of Birmingham. Statue made a trip to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO. You can take an elevator up to almost the top of the statue and view the city of Birmingham.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 May 2023
  • reindeerlvr
    277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1904 Worlds Fair history.
    We went to see Vulcan. The views over the city are beautiful when you get to the park. You can either climb steps or take the elevator up to the observation deck to get a closer look at Vulcan. There is a very informative museum about the history of the iron industry in Birmingham. Also, the history of Vulcan. There is a gift shop as well. I believe there are hiking trails in the park, we were limited on time. We recommend visiting Vulcan.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Sheryl P
    Aubrey, Texas377 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds and view; worth seeing
    Unfortunately, we arrived just as the museum was closing, so I can't comment on that. But the grounds are beautiful and allow views of the city. Well worth seeing. Also, there's lots of fascinating history here. Read about the area and the Vulcan stature before you arrive, or plan to read the placards in the park. Either way, this location is worth an hour of your time.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • SRQScottie
    Glasgow, United Kingdom1,726 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Urban oasis
    What a beautiful park. Whilst Vulcan and the observation tower are closed for restoration at present the park is most certainly worth a visit. The museum is interesting, the views of the city unrivaled and the grounds are so well manicured it is amazing. The sandstone stairs towards the statue alone are worthy of the visit. Beautiful and serene setting.
    Visited September 2023
    Written 20 September 2023
  • An0nyMs
    1,452 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent small museum and more, free with NARM
    Even though the observation tower is closed for renovation, the view from the park and the museum are worth the admission price. I especially liked the short but detailed picture I got of the iron industry here. Maybe a quarter of the exhibits were about the Vulcan statue. There were also a couple of special exhibitions. This is one of the places that accepts the NARM (North American Reciprocal Museums) card for free admission. You can join at a museum near your home or almost any of the 1,000+ museums. Note that different museums charge different prices for the same NARM membership.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Ashley A
    Central Florida, Florida1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Memories Made ❤️
    March 15th 2023 My (now) Husband Brandon surprised me with a trip to Vulcan Park. We took the stairs all the way to the top of the Vulcan because my son has a fear of elevators. When we got to the top he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was such a surprise and amazing experience. Saying the views are beautiful would be an understatement…the word beautiful does not do this place justice. It is breathtaking. We will always come back to visit. Beautiful memories here. We are now married since August 8th 2023…and will be visiting New Year’s Day to come back to the place in time we will always remember❤️
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
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Vivian B
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The view is amazing!!! We went to see Vulcan but didn’t realize that the view of Birmingham would be the star of the show. The museum is really good as well
Written 20 February 2024
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Ashley A
Central Florida, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
March 15th 2023 My (now) Husband Brandon surprised me with a trip to Vulcan Park. We took the stairs all the way to the top of the Vulcan because my son has a fear of elevators. When we got to the top he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was such a surprise and amazing experience. Saying the views are beautiful would be an understatement…the word beautiful does not do this place justice. It is breathtaking. We will always come back to visit. Beautiful memories here. We are now married since August 8th 2023…and will be visiting New Year’s Day to come back to the place in time we will always remember❤️
Written 30 December 2023
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An0nyMs
Tucson, Arizona1,452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Even though the observation tower is closed for renovation, the view from the park and the museum are worth the admission price. I especially liked the short but detailed picture I got of the iron industry here. Maybe a quarter of the exhibits were about the Vulcan statue. There were also a couple of special exhibitions.

This is one of the places that accepts the NARM (North American Reciprocal Museums) card for free admission. You can join at a museum near your home or almost any of the 1,000+ museums. Note that different museums charge different prices for the same NARM membership.
Written 4 October 2023
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SRQScottie
Glasgow, UK1,726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
What a beautiful park.
Whilst Vulcan and the observation tower are closed for restoration at present the park is most certainly worth a visit.

The museum is interesting, the views of the city unrivaled and the grounds are so well manicured it is amazing.

The sandstone stairs towards the statue alone are worthy of the visit.

Beautiful and serene setting.
Written 20 September 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.

Sheryl P
Aubrey, TX377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately, we arrived just as the museum was closing, so I can't comment on that. But the grounds are beautiful and allow views of the city. Well worth seeing. Also, there's lots of fascinating history here. Read about the area and the Vulcan stature before you arrive, or plan to read the placards in the park. Either way, this location is worth an hour of your time.
Written 15 September 2023
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,712 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We still bought a discounted ticket to see the small museum. Before going up the summit, we hiked an hour on the nearby Vulcan Trail. It is a nice overlook of the city and level to walk. Docent in the gift shop was delightful. Museum was average.
Written 18 July 2023
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reindeerlvr
St. Louis277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We went to see Vulcan. The views over the city are beautiful when you get to the park. You can either climb steps or take the elevator up to the observation deck to get a closer look at Vulcan. There is a very informative museum about the history of the iron industry in Birmingham. Also, the history of Vulcan. There is a gift shop as well. I believe there are hiking trails in the park, we were limited on time. We recommend visiting Vulcan.
Written 25 June 2023
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rdyrtr99
Saint Louis, MO49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Interesting history of the Vulcan statue and the homage it pays to the Iron ore miners in the early day s of Birmingham. Statue made a trip to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO. You can take an elevator up to almost the top of the statue and view the city of Birmingham.
Written 18 May 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.

swearengen
Colonia, NJ854 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We had some time so decided to drive up to the park. We took a little walk around the grounds and around the Vulcan. Yes, it's big. Then we went up to the top for the view, which was nice. The small museum is nothing special. Staff was great. We had a nice conversation with both the person who sold us the tickets, and the person in the gift shop.
Written 16 May 2023
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Tracy F
660 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
This place is a tourist trap. Really nothing to see here but a statue. It does have a view of Birmingham but it's trees cover most of it. I really wouldn't recommend it.
Written 23 April 2023
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