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“OK, not great”

Vulcan Park and Museum
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Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham
Ranked #6 of 93 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The largest cast-iron statue in the world was created for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
Reviewed 21 October 2011

I'm pretty cheap, so I didn't pay for the trip to the top and the museum. Maybe that would have been worth it. But the statue was just OK and the displays below are a bit faded and out of date. OK if you're in the area.

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Reviewed 23 September 2011

This is a must see in Birmingham! Don't miss it.....great piece of amazing historical art....wiki gives a nice synopsis....go here you won't be sorry....

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Reviewed 31 August 2011

I was skeptical that this hilltop homage to the mining and steel industries that built Birmingham would be entertaining, but with 2 hours to kill before my flight out I gave it a try. Glad I did! Just a nice, easy way to learn more about the city's roots, iron mining and steel fabrication, and general history of this part of the South. Exhibits well done. Facilities in good shape. And who can resist a 360 degree view from 3 stories up. Pleasant surprise on a warm August day.

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Reviewed 25 August 2011

While visiting the Vulcan museum, I couldn't help but think of this quote from BTTF. Regardless, the view of Birmingham is a good one from the top of the viewing tower. The museum is a good one and highlights the making and restoration of the statue which is excellent. It highlights the time span to make it, less than 7 months and that it was all cast iron. There is a brief history of the city and the iron working and the relationship to the CIvil Rights movement but would recommend going to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute downtown for a more thorough history. Overall, very much worth the visit.

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Reviewed 15 August 2011

This is a must see, if you can find it. Coming from the west with both my grandmothers being born in AL, in Bridgeport, I had no idea of the history. It is violent listening. Not for children unless they only want to climb to the top of the Vulcan statue. Or if you want your older children to learn about some dark history, this is a great way for them to learn. Maybe most southerners are immune to it, but it really touched me. I came back and read alot more of Birminghams history after this visit.

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