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.
Art in Birmingham

Ave Maria Grotto

Located 50 miles north of Birmingham on the grounds of the only Benedictine monastery in Alabama, the amazing Ave Maria Grotto is more or less the work of one man, Brother Joseph Zoettl, who spent the better part of…
Outdoors in Birmingham

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary

The biggest highlight is the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary, where you'll find what many people consider to be some of the best birding in the southeast. In addition, you'll encounter uncrowded beaches accessed only …