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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

520 Sixteenth Street North


To enlighten each generation about civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to build a better future.


We stand strong as THE CORNERSTONE of the civil rights story, a living memorial with an on-going mission.


The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is committed to:

Preserving and telling the Birmingham story

Being a good steward of archival and financial resources

Creating programs that encourage cultural awareness

Championing civil and human rights by facilitating an atmosphere of dialogue and understanding

BCRI is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham with an increasing emphasis on the international struggle for universal human rights.  BCRI is a “living institution” that views the lessons of the past as crucial to understanding our heritage and defining our future.  Since opening its doors in 1992, BCRI has been visited by more than 2 million people from all 50 states and around the world.  Visitors include adults, school children and students, families, researchers, and scholars.  

Each year, BCRI reaches more than 140,000 individuals through teacher education (including curriculum development and teacher training), group tours, outreach programs (school and community), award-winning after-school and public programs, exhibitions and extensive archival collections.  BCRI encourages visitors to examine basic issues of morality, law, justice and responsible citizenship.  It also teaches that silence and indifference to the suffering of others can only perpetuate social problems and divisions.


Noah Horton

Tuesday, June 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.

Jeremy Larry

Sunday, April 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

Tuesday, April 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

Friday, March 16, 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

Wednesday, March 7, 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.

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