Vulcan Park and Museum
Vulcan, Birmingham Alabama’s colossal statue is the world’s largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904, Vulcan has overlooked Alabama’s largest city from atop Red Mountain since the 1930s.
By 1999, the 50-ton statue was in desperate need of repair. The surrounding 10-acre park was closed. Vulcan was removed from his pedestal. Realizing Vulcan’s importance to the region’s history, city leaders sought public support for its restoration, forming the non-profit Vulcan Park Foundation. The foundation would oversee a master plan to return this colossal statue to his 1904 grandeur. They also created a dynamic educational park complex interpreting Alabama’s rich industrial history for both residents and visitors from across the globe.
Today, thanks to public-private partnerships and a $15.5 million campaign, this beloved symbol of Birmingham and the nation’s iron and steel industry stands preserved and proud as the centerpiece of it rehabilitated and expanded park, now referred to as Vulcan Park and Museum.
Visited the place and spent couple of hours. The views from the top are nice, can see the city's sky line. We can use the stairs to go up/come down. Next to the Vulcan statue tower, there are 3 to 4 rooms which are used to provide the history of the Iron statue, small replica of the statue, background, Birmingham city, famous people, car racing etc.
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Really nice place, one can go up using elevator or stairs. A nice Landscape view of city is visible from top. There is metal ramp at top surrounding the statue. It is very windy up top. Museum has lot of information if you are interested. Which will give you the insight of the mine worker life. You can get yourself a punched coin if you want.
Great little park on top of the mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham. The park is well kept and has a little museum/gift shop on the property. There is a picnic area as well for lunch and the views from the park are excellent. It costs a little bit to go through the museum or to go up Vulcan but the park is free if you're pinching pennies. A great place for an afternoon excursion!
What can you say bad about Vulcan Park? It's one of the most important sites in Birmingham. The last event I participated in setting up there, was a nighttime wedding. Wild the banqueting space is not spectacular, it's an empty enough palette that you can put your own imprint on it. My favorite bit is the stone patio accessed from the banquet room, with wrought iron tables and a view of the city that's unequaled.
The views are amazing and the museum is quite neat. It is the largest iron statue in the world. It is also well kept and spending a nice morning or having a walk with the kids or if you have pets is nice.