Birmingham Museum of Art


This fine museum boasts an impressive collection, especially given Birmingham's status as a mid-sized city. Inside, you'll find works from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Don't miss pieces by Rodin, Botero and Dalí in the sculpture garden.

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1. Kelly Ingram Park

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2. 16th Street Baptist Church

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3. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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4. McWane Science Center


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5. Railroad Park

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6. Sloss Furnaces

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7. Vulcan Park

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8. Moss Rock Preserve

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You'll find about 12 miles of trails webbing across this 349-acre nature preserve, which is thick with streams, forests and dramatic rock outcroppings…