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.