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Vulcan Park and Museum
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Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham
Ranked #5 of 95 things to do in Birmingham
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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 30 June 2014

We were told to visit this site while visiting Birmingham, and we were not disappointed! Admission was about $6/adult, and worth it. This included a visit to the famed tower, overlooking the city, as well as entry to the site's museum galleries. This was one of the only spots we were able to visit while in town, and the museum's galleries nicely connected the history of Vulcan and industrialization, with the story of Birmingham itself, not shying away from cultural conflicts and politics. Nicely done, with a small shop to buy an array of Vulcan-esque souvenirs. The final gallery walking through has a neat institutional history, highlighting various ephemera and trinkets sold over the years with Vulcan's likeness. Also - your tickets will last throughout the day, so you may stop back later in the day to view the city at night. Worth it.

Thank greenkoala
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

If you are visiting Birmingham, a brief stop (60-90 minute) at Vulcan Park & Museum is well worth it. In the past 10 years, the city has completely refurbished the park and built a nice museum. As such, visitors have an opportunity to learn about the city of Birmingham and the importance that the iron mining and steel industries played in the city's development for well over a century.

I found the museum to be very well done. Its is not a large facility, but certainly provides an excellent overview of Birmingham's history, economic development and civil rights struggles since the end of the American Civil War. The displays and videos were quite informative.

The city has also completely restored the Vulcan statue and pedestal. It is well worth a visit to the top observation deck as the views of Birmingham and surrounding areas are spectacular. We caught it on a very clear day right at sunset. It was beautiful, and I highly recommend it!

Vulcan Park and Museum is a family friendly attraction, and is inexpensive. If your travels bring you to Birmingham, I suggest a visit to the "Iron Man" of Alabama!

Thank Chuck M
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Growing up in Birmingham, visiting Vulcan was just something you did as a child with your family or on a field trip with your school. As an adult, we just take Vulcan for granted as he's always been there. I had not been visited the park in many many years and recently enjoyed a return visit. It was fun to go to the top again and the views of the city are beautiful.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

The Vulcan statue on the top of a huge tower overlooks the city. So glad there is an elevator and I didn't have to climb the staris.

Thank mlnf
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Go here only for the view. Nothing else to do but look over the city. There is a trail that leads to the top.

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