Top Choice Museum in Birmingham

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

A maze of moving audio, video and photography exhibits tell the story of racial segregation in America, and the Civil Rights movement, with a focus on activities in and around Birmingham. There's an extensive exhibi…
Church in Birmingham

16th Street Baptist Church

This church became a gathering place for organizational meetings and a launch pad for protests in the 1950s and '60s. During a massive desegregation campaign directed at downtown merchants in 1963, Ku Klux Klan memb…
Museum in Birmingham

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

The Carver Performing Arts Center houses the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, which celebrates jazz musicians such as Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington.
Gallery in Birmingham

Birmingham Museum of Art

This very fine museum collects works from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Don't miss the work of Rodin, Botero and Dalí in the sculpture garden.
Park in Birmingham

Vulcan Park

Imagine Christ the Redeemer in Rio, but made of iron and depicting a beefcake Roman god of metalworking. Vulcan is visible from all over the city – this is actually the world's largest cast-iron statue – and the par…
State Park in Birmingham

Oak Mountain State Park

Twelve miles south of town, off I-65 exit 246, Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama's largest state park, where you can hike, camp, boat or chill out on the lakeside beach.
Space Center in Around Birmingham

US Space & Rocket Center

The US Space & Rocket Center is a combination science museum and theme park, it's also a throwback to a time when NASA was a more robust agency and the pinnacle of governmental aspriation. It's a great place to …
in Alabama

Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery

Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery, near Cherokee, pays homage to over 185 trusty beasts who have so loyally guided their masters.
Museum in Montgomery

Rosa Parks Museum

This museum, set in front of the bus stop where she took her stand, features a video re-creation of that pivotal moment that launched the 1955 boycott. The experience is very managed - you're given a small opportuni…
Museum in Montgomery

Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

The writers' home from 1931 to 1932 now houses first editions, translations and original artwork by Zelda from her sad last days when she was committed to a mental health facility. Unlike many 'homes of famous peopl…