Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a large interpretive museum and research center in Birmingham, Alabama that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The Institute is located in the Civil Rights District, which includes the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, Fourth Avenue Business District, and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame located in the Carver Theatre. The Institute opened in November 1992, and had more than 25,000 visitors during its first week.
The Institute showcases a walking journey through the "living institution", which displays the lessons of the past as a positive way to chart new directions for the future. The permanent exhibitions are a self-directed journey through Birmingham's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and human rights struggles. Multimedia exhibitions focus on the history of African-American life and the struggle for civil rights. The Oral History Project, one of the museum's multimedia exhibits, documents Birmingham's role in the Civil Rights Movement through the voices of movement participants. The museum is an affiliate in the Smithsonian Affiliations program. Through this program the museum can acquire long-term loans and is currently hosting the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibition "Let Your Motto Be resistance."
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Monica Patterson | Nov 26, 2017
This place is absolutely wonderful. I think every child should visit to gain knowledge of the civil rights movement. This is a magnificent place and was very well thought out. This was a very emotional experience for me. I am so thankful that God and other leaders has helped us come along way. The best and most touching museum I have encountered
David Isaacson | Jan 6, 2018
Interesting exhibit about the segregated South before 1950; however the main Civil Rights Movement portion of the museum unfortunately is made up of mainly long blocks of text about particular incidents and cluttered timelines, stopping suddenly in 1965 when segregation largely ended in Birmingham itself. IMHO it doesn't do much to help you see the big picture of this important movement and the movements it inspired. At 15 dollars you might be better off just buying a book on the subject.
Andrea Taylor | Feb 15, 2018
Definitely worth the experience! It's adjacent to church of the four black girls bombing. It's educational and sensational!
Anna Chen | Dec 31, 2017
A very sobering time in our National history - a visit is a no brainer. i was very encouraged to see so many people (especially millennials) visiting on a holiday weekend. This center deserves support ... if we want a kinder more inclusive society, we need to witness the experiences, treatment and ongoing struggles in the fight for equality, visibility and respect for African AMERICANS and support their fight as OUR fight as well.
Claudia Fuentes | Aug 4, 2017
I would have give this place a minus zero. Most of the walls and doors and elevator are nasty and the bathrooms did not look appealing and look dirty. There is not a trash can to place sanitary napkins or tampons. This is a historic place and people that work there should take pride and go the extra mile to clean and redo the floors and do cleaning. The workers that work there are absolutely polite and nice and have an awesome attitude. But the place needs a makeover. Maybe the institute can write a letter to the major to help with funds to clean and to renovate elevator floors and clean metal handles and renovate bathrooms. I hope the institute makes a change. Because this is historic and not a dump I was so sad when a left seeing how that place is not sparkling.
Jeremy Larry | Apr 29, 2018
Beautiful depiction of the progress made and the progress yet to made in regards to civil rights of black people and those also marginalized. This place has so much to see you'd be best served to give yourself at least 3 hours to carefully look over everything the museum has to offer. Be sure to check out the gift shop to for great literature. The is also a park across the street and a historic church across the street were the infamous bombing took place that killed 3 young girls during the civil right movement.
Regis Crowder | Apr 3, 2018
Very racially sensitive. I am embarrassed for my nation after visiting this institute for $15. The displays were very sturdy. Includes a Klan uniform. Creepiest robe ever. The self-tour took roughly 90 minutes. Healthy population of visitors. Expect indoor plumbing.
Kaylan Wells | Mar 17, 2018
What a wonderful and sobering experience. Very thorough coverage of the fight for civil rights and racial equality. They even end the museum with monuments to other fights for equality around the world. This information was laid out in a very engaging and thought-provoking manner. We took our 9 and 7 year olds because we felt it was very important for them to see videos and pictures of these injustices. It is not attention holding for younger children, though our children were troopers as they realized the importance of it. They were bored periodically throughout the museum but we went into the museum aware of this. This place is a Birmingham must!
Jon Eisenberg | Mar 8, 2018
Excellent introductory video followed by self-guided exhibits showing a complete civil rights history of both the US and Alabama. Many special events specific to Birmingham were shown. The overlook to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was well done.
Noah Horton | Jun 12, 2018
It's a very great and detailed museum. The staff is nice and was accommodating to our large tour group. The only thing that I found odd/discomforting was that I didn't see anything written about the Black Panther movement, and the only thing I saw written about Malcolm X was a couple plaques about his death. It seems weird to me that a Civil Rights museum didn't include a comprehensive overview of the ENTIRE movement. It made the whole experience feel sensored.
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