Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and is the county city of Jefferson County. The city’s population is 212,237. Birmingham was founded in 1871, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, through the merger of three pre-existing farm towns, notably, former Elyton. It grew from there, annexing many more of its smaller neighbors, into an industrial and railroad transportation center with a focus on mining, the iron and steel industry, and railroading. Birmingham was named for Birmingham, England, United Kingdom; one of the UK’s major industrial cities. Many, if not most, of the original settlers who founded Birmingham were of English ancestry.
|Birmingham Botanical Gardens |
Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens’ 67.5 acres contains 25+ unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths.
2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL, United States
|Birmingham Museum of Art |
The Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the finest regional museums in the United States, houses a diverse collection of more than 26,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times.
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd
(Formerly 2000 8th Ave. N)
Birmingham, AL 35203
First Thursdays: open until 9pm
Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
General Admission is FREE
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Junior Boulevard, Birmingham, AL, United States
|Birmingham Zoo |
The Birmingham Zoo is a zoological park that opened in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama (USA). The 122-acre (49 ha) zoo is home to almost 800 animals representing over 200 species, including many endangered species from six continents.
The Zoo is managed by a private non-profit corporation. It is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), participates in AZA Species Survival Plans (SSP). It is located, along with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in Lane Park, a 200-acre (81 ha) city-owned park near the western terminus of U.S. Highway 280 at U.S. Highway 31 on the southern slope of Red Mountain.
2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL, United States
|McWane Science Center |
Designed to inspire a life-long love of learning, McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. Explorers - from ages 1 to 100 - flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch, and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South's most unique venues.
200 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL, United States
|Opera Birmingham |
Opera Birmingham, the only professional opera company in Northern and Central Alabama, has entertained audiences for over 55 years. From its humble beginnings in 1955 to its 50th anniversary in 2005 and beyond, Opera Birmingham has produced world-class operatic productions and concerts that have been hailed by critics and loved by audiences.
3601 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35222
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3601 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, United States
|Sixteenth Street Baptist Church |
This church was used as a meeting place, training center, and as a departure point for marches during the Civil Rights Movement. It was the site of a bombing by the Ku Klux Klan on September 16, 1963, in which four young girls were killed and twenty-two others were injured.
|Sloss Blast Furnaces |
Built from 1881 to 1882, this is the oldest remaining blast furnace in the state. Its NHL designation represents Alabama’s early 20th-century preeminence in the production of pig iron and cast iron, an example of a post-Civil War effort to industrialize the agrarian South.