Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is located in the Civil Rights District at 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, United States. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) is a museum that acts as a link to the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, which contains sites significant to the civil rights movement. It has an expansive collection of documents from the Civil Rights Movement and almost 500 recorded oral histories. It also consists of the replica of a Freedom Riders bus and the original jail cell door behind the “Letter From Birmingham Jail” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The museum also hosts some celebrations such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month.  This large interpretive museum is also a research center in Birmingham, Alabama. It portrays the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. It opened in November 1992 and had exceeded 25,000 visitors by just its first week.

The Institute exhibits a walking tour through the “living institution,” which illustrates the lessons of the past as a means to inspire future possibilities. It also houses displays of past events from post-World War I, a racial division to this day’s racial progress.  A self-guided tour of Birmingham’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and human rights campaigns is offered in the permanent displays. While the multimedia exhibitions cover African-American history and the fight for civil rights, they do so in a more entertainment-based style. Through the words of movement participants, the Oral History Project, and one of the museum’s multimedia presentations, had chronicles of Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights Movement presented.

BCRI stands for the civil rights story, it has a continuing purpose to educate current and future generations about civil and human rights by exploring the past and working with each other in the present for a sounder future.  It creates programs to promote cultural awareness and sets a good example in archival and financial resources.


Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is open every Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM.  Tickets for adults are 15 dollars each and 13 dollars for each for College students (with ID), Military with ID, and senior citizens. They also offer discounts for a larger group that book in advance.  Online timed ticketing is required for everyone’s safety. BCRI is located near several blocks of free parking, including behind their facility on Fifteenth Street North. There is also street parking nearby. Details as of November 2021.

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