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Birmingham - Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark was rescued from destruction in 1977 and now stands as a museum, performance venue and historic landmark. This intriguing complex consists of two 400-ton blast furnaces and numerous buildings featuring equipment from various stages of the site's industrial past. Hosting guided and self-guided tours, an array of concerts and festivals, and an active learning center, Sloss also houses a nationally renown metal-arts education program, offering workshops, classes and artist residencies.

Sloss Furnaces holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of the people of Birmingham. The original blast furnaces constructed by James Withers Sloss in the early 1880's served to propel the fledgling city of Birmingham into the pre-eminent industrial center of the South. For this reason Sloss Furnaces is a rich source of local pride and an invaluable part of our collective identity. But the Sloss Furnaces story doesn't end there. We are now looking to the future with plans to preserve Sloss Furnaces and expand on it's base as a cultural icon. You'll find these plans are big and bold, much like the towering smokestacks and enormous furnaces that made Sloss the stuff of legend.


Jennifer Powell

Monday, 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.

Jon Eisenberg

Friday, March 9, 2018
This sounds like a sleeper but it's an outstanding site to visit. Come on a blue sky day and in the later afternoon sun (careful, they close at 4!), and the site lights up in hues of orange snd rust. It's a photographer's dream and an engineer's heaven! Come in good weather as most is outside.

Alexander Morrison

Friday, 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.

Scott Lillich

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Passing through Birmingham and needed someplace to burn my 4 year old's energy for a couple hours while my wife needed to feed our baby. This place was great! He has so much fun looking at all the old machinery and going in the tunnel. Highly recommend!

Bobby Borders

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 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.

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