Sloss Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. It operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. After closing, it became one of the first industrial sites (and the only blast furnace) in the U.S. to be preserved and restored for public use. In 1981, the furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.
The site currently serves as an interpretive museum of industry and hosts a nationally recognized metal arts program. It also serves as a concert and festival venue. A new visitor center was built 2015 and opened in 2016. The furnace site, along a wide strip of land reserved in Birmingham's original city plan for railroads and industry, hosts thousands of students through their education programs per year. The museum is free to visit during their operating hours of Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:00 – 4:00 PM|
Jennifer Powell | Feb 12, 2018
We were disappointed in Sloss. The video is nice to show people and walking around is cool but we felt there was SO much more that could have been done with the space. Walkways didn't really get you everywhere and there weren't a ton of good, updated signs that's told you what you were looking at. Building some nice, elevated walkways so you can see more, and adding some fun interactive options would be a great way to engage people more.
Alexander Morrison | Feb 2, 2018
This was just an incredible opportunity to see and feel the might of the South. The magic behind "The Magic City" starts here. When you see the machinery, the boilers, the electrical turbines, and the grounds you are transported to the might of American ingenuity. This is a 100% self service tour. You are given a map of the location with descriptions of the layout and history behind it. TIP: See the movie in the welcome center BEFORE walking around the place. Takes 15 minutes, but worth the history presented.
Bobby Borders | Mar 1, 2018
This place is so cool. Bored one day, I decided to ride down and check the place out yet. It was fairly quiet, so I poked around on the bicycle throughout the whole thing. I'm sure it would be inappropriate if it were busy, but I road all over the park and would hop off to explore the books and crannies of the place. It was a good history lesson and offers fun exploring opportunities. It's a photographers dream land.
Chuck Bowser | Dec 5, 2017
I visit is the unique site while I was in Birmingham. Unfortunately I got there when they were about to close I had 30 minutes to go through the site. There's a lot of history here I recommend watching the movie before you walk through the place. I hear they also do haunted tours during Halloween season. Next time I come back, I will have to bring my camera and ensure that I get there so I have a lot of time to go through the property. It was interesting seeing all of the things there and stuff that was made.
Shelley Justiss | Dec 20, 2017
If you have the chance to check out this national historic landmark, I can't recommend this treasure enough. You can almost feel the energy of all those workers from decades ago still on site. If you're a photographer, there are so many shapes and patinas for you to shoot, it's almost overwhelming. The folks at the front counter inside were so friendly and helpful and the lady in the gift shop is a true gem and made us love Sloss even more. You can do a self-guided tour, they have metal artists working on site that you can watch create, there are an abundance of classes for kids or adults & an art gallery where you can purchase metal artworks. Wear comfy shoes. The place is frickin cool!
Kaylan Wells | May 2, 2018
GO SEE SLOSS FURNACES!!! We weren't expecting this stop to be one of our family's most favorite stops on our road trip. My husband and I are history buffs and we thought this would be a good "kill an hour" stop on our way back home from our road trip. After 2 hours, we had to almost drag our children (ages 9 and 7) away due to the late hour. It's hard to imagine how an abandoned furnace could be so interesting but I will endeavor to communicate how it captured our attention. For those who like history or learning about the background of something, this place definitely is a vast well of information. We enjoyed learning about the role Birmingham played in the iron industry nationally and even internationally. We also enjoyed learning about how iron was produced. For those who enjoy getting to experience history in a hands-on manner, this place also checks that off the list. This vast property is almost entirely open for exploration. There are sections of the factory that are gated off for safety reasons (usually at a certain point on some stairs when it gets high off the ground), but my curious children never once complained or felt constricted by availability to explore. They (and my husband and I too!) loved getting to touch, climb, and walk around a place with such incredible history. We loved how they have not tried to shine this place up or restore it to "its glory days." Rather, they have worked to keep it safe but present it in its abandoned state. It gave it a very cool, unique vibe. We loved going in the old engine room with the original panels and levers still there and getting to even push the levers up and down. For those who want to just check out a cool, artsy environment, there are plenty of wonderful photos just waiting to happen as you can see. To this day, my children still tell others about the cool furnaces they got to go see. It is a wonderful learning experience that allows a lot of hands-on opportunities which is great for the kids. Also, it's totally free. No charge. Just a donation if you want. :)
Charles Bernhard | Apr 21, 2018
We were at the annual Gumbo Cool Off to benefit Episcopal Place. It was a really fun event with lots of great gumbo. Out team from Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Vestavia won the first place Spirit Award as well as the judges choice award for best specialty gumbo.It was smoked turkey and sausage gumbo and it was awesome. We also had lots of bread pudding with a bourbon caramel sauce. Sloss Furnace is the perfect size for this event and their security did a great job with traffic before and after loading up.
Kenneth Kuk | Apr 17, 2018
Really fun place to check out! It was interesting to learn the significance Sloss Furnaces played in the history of the city. You can spend hours wandering around the area. I'd love to come back during the "golden hour" of light - this place is a photographer's playground! Admission and parking are free.
Jessica Janesky | Apr 17, 2018
This is a great place to visit even if you are just passing through Birmingham. This is not your typical museum setting where you cant touch anything and have to look through glass or railings to see. There is a self guided tour through the entire steel plant and it is as if you are visiting by yourself and have the whole place to yourself. You can go up stairwells and explore this abandoned facility. Birmingham has really done will with this.
charlotte byrams | Apr 24, 2018
We did a self-guided tour with the aid of the brochure provided when we visited on Sunday afternoon. Very easy to navigate as the points of interest were clearly marked. The sheer size of the antiquated machinery is facinating. Did I mention the admission for a self guided tour is 0?
Heather Whitmore | Jun 11, 2018
What a great place for a family-friendly day trip! The free historical self-guided tour of the furnace was super interesting and I really enjoyed getting to explore the place on my own. Just a word of advice, though. Make sure you visit no less than a few days after a heavy rain as certain areas are closed at times due to flooding.
Andrew Uy | Jun 21, 2018
Great historical landmark with tons of history behind it. The factory takes you back into the past and the structures still standing make you feel small compared to them. But sloss is the birthplace of Birmingham and it is a great treasure for the nation as it is one of the only remaining old ironworks still standing to thus day.
Rikesha Foster | Jul 23, 2018
My school used the meeting area for a professional development day for us as a change of scenery from where we normally meet. Sloss is usually closed on Mondays, but they graciously welcomed us with open arms at this event. The rich history that Sloss offers is 2nd to none and the curator did an excellent job speaking about it during her introduction. I can tell she is very passionate about preserving its legacy. The grounds were very serene, despite the trains that were close by in the area. I liked the small waterfall area. I would love to go back to embark on the tour that was offered but due to time constraints we were not able to partake in. Thank you Sloss for being such hospitable hosts and for providing such a unique backdrop for our workshop.
Amanda | Aug 2, 2018
Such a cool place! Visited for the first time during the 2018 Sloss Music Festival. The grounds are beautiful and there is still a functioning metalsmithing workshop. Old machine is now displayed as sculpture all around. This was a great place for a festival (kudos to the location scout!) And would also be great for photo shoots or videos.
Travis Prange | Jul 10, 2018
This place is amazing. What a cool view into such an interesting industry that is historic for many reasons to the U.S. and Birmingham especially. I left no stone unturned on my visit and could have spent many hours there. The frequent passing of trains really ups the ambiance, and is a place I won't hesitate to visit again should I be back in Birmingham.
Wander is a travel search engine that allows you to find the perfect travel destination that fits your budget and preferences.