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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Art, food and civil rights history in Birmingham

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posted May 30, 2019

In addition to its warm, sunny climate and equally warm people, Birmingham, Alabama, offers many appealing attractions for groups to enjoy. Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights District downtown to tour five places of historical significance in this movement that changed the course of American society.

If art is on the list, don’t miss the Birmingham Museum of Art in the city’s cultural center. With more than 24,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and other works, the museum offers a look at Alabama, American and Asian art, plus other forms from around the world.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

At Vulcan Park, travelers can get a panoramic view of the city from atop Red Mountain. Overlooking that peak is Vulcan, the world’s largest cast-iron statue, standing 56 feet tall and made of 100,000 pounds of iron. The park includes a museum that describes the history of Vulcan and Birmingham, and it has a hiking and biking trail.

Groups can see the largest collection of antique and contemporary motorcycles in the world at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum or they can visit Sloss Furnaces, an industrial museum. This National Historic Landmark was an iron-producing blast furnace from 1882–1971 and has been preserved and restored for public use today.

Culinary tourism is very popular in Birmingham, and groups can enjoy the city’s culinary scene by taking advantage of the various food tours offered. Be sure to try the award-winning Highlands Bar and Grill, named the most outstanding restaurant in America by the prestigious James Beard Foundation.

For more information, contact Sara Hamlin of the Greater Birmingham CVB or go to

Top photo: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Photos by Greater Birmingham CVB


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