Our roots run deep.

In Birmingham, you can still experience the places from the past that have made us who we are today.

History in Birmingham

Not only do we have a storied history, but much of our illustrious past has been preserved and is still on display today. Vaudeville-era theaters that now feature the hottest musical acts in the country. Steel foundries that laid the groundwork on which our city was built. Lots of opportunities to see and experience a time that may have been lost but will never be forgotten.

Historical Experiences in Birmingham
Experience Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Sloss is a 32-acre blast furnace plant where iron was made for nearly 100 years. Now a museum of history and industry, the site preserves a collection of machinery, buildings and industrial structures.

Come explore a city so rich with history and culture right here in Birmingham.

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Name Type Phone Neighborhood Website
Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail Civil Rights, History DOWNTOWN civilrightstrail.com/destination/birmingham/
A Day Away Tours By Linda Tour Guides - Step On (205) 631-5747 GARDENDALE
Brierfield Ironworks and Historical Park History (205) 665-1856 HOOVER/VESTAVIA www.brierfieldironworks.com
Camelot Limousine Bus Charters & Tours Tour Guides - Step On (205) 337-3370 TRUSSVILLE/LEEDS/IRONDALE www.camelotcharters.com
Cline Tours, Inc. Tour Guides - Step On (205) 591-7555 AVONDALE/CRESTWOOD www.clinetours.com
Peanut Place History (205) 837-4781 DOWNTOWN
Smithfield Historic District History BESSEMER/WEST
Travel America Tour Guides - Step On (205) 672-2434 Shelby County www.allgrouptours.com
Travel HIS Way Tour Guides - Step On (205) 798-0827 BESSEMER/WEST
Birmingham Civil Rights District Civil Rights, History, Museums/Galleries DOWNTOWN
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum History, Museums/Galleries (205) 699-7275 TRUSSVILLE/LEEDS/IRONDALE www.barbermuseum.org
Gip’s Place History (205) 913-2941 BESSEMER/WEST www.gipsplace.org/
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Civil Rights, History (205) 251-9402 DOWNTOWN www.16thstreetbaptist.org
Southern Museum of Flight History (205) 833-8226 AIRPORT www.southernmuseumofflight.org/
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park History, Museums/Galleries (205) 477-5711 BESSEMER/WEST www.tannehill.org
Vulcan Park and Museum History, Museums/Galleries (205) 933-1409 SOUTHSIDE www.visitvulcan.com
Five Points South Entertainment District History (205) 324-8797 SOUTHSIDE www.fivepointsbham.com
Historic Cahaba Pumping Station Museum History (205) 967-0340 MOUNTAIN BROOK www.bwwb.org/conferencecenter
Alabama Theatre History (205) 252-2262 DOWNTOWN www.alabamatheatre.com
Visionary Civil Rights Heritage Tours Tour Guides - Step On (205) 467-8713 DOWNTOWN www.visionary-tours.com
The Travel Scene/Travel Scene Tours Tour Guides - Step On (800) 259-1011 DOWNTOWN www.travelscenetours.com
The Lyric Theatre History (205) 252-2262 DOWNTOWN www.lyricbham.com
Temple of Sibyl History (205) 967-0338 HOOVER/VESTAVIA vhal.org/sibyl-temple
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark History, Museums/Galleries (205) 254-2025 DOWNTOWN www.slossfurnaces.com
Shadow Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery History (205) 942-6958 WEST
Sadler Family Pioneer Home History BESSEMER www.wjchs.com
Samuel Ullman Museum History, Museums/Galleries 934-8100 SOUTHSIDE main.uab.edu/sites/UllmanMuseum/
Rickwood Field History (205) 458-8161 WEST www.rickwood.com
Reynolds Historical Library Museums/Galleries (205) 934-4475 SOUTHSIDE www.uab.edu/reynolds/
Reed Books Museums/Galleries (205) 326-4460 DOWNTOWN www.jimreedbooks.com
Red Clay Tours Tour Guides - Step On (205) 240-3829 AVONDALE/CRESTWOOD www.redclaytourism.com
Plump Educational Consulting Services, Inc. Tour Guides - Step On MOUNTAIN BROOK
Owen Family Pioneer Home History (205) 426-1633 BESSEMER www.wjchs.com
Oak Hill Cemetery History (205) 251-6532 DOWNTOWN www.oakhill-birmingham.org
Negro Southern League Museum Civil Rights, History, Museums/Galleries (205) 581-3040 DOWNTOWN birminghamnslm.org
Milestone Tours Tour Guides - Step On (205) 786-7631 WEST
Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc. Visitor Center Museums/Galleries (205) 507-2252 BESSEMER www.mbusi.com
McAdory Family Pioneer Home History (205) 426-1633 BESSEMER www.wjchs.com
McWane Science Center Museums/Galleries (205) 714-8300 DOWNTOWN www.mcwane.org
Landmark Tour and Travel Tour Guides - Step On (205) 326-6444 SOUTHSIDE www.travellandmark.com/f/Destinations/Birmingham.php
Kelly Ingram Park Civil Rights, History DOWNTOWN
Jim Kelley Step-on Guide Service Tour Guides - Step On (205) 979-8500 HOOVER/VESTAVIA
Joyride Tours - City Tour (205) 918-8121 DOWNTOWN joyrideus.com/Birmingham
International Motorsports Hall of Fame Museums/Galleries (256) 362-5002 TRUSSVILLE/LEEDS/IRONDALE www.motorsportshalloffame.com
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum History, Museums/Galleries (205) 668-3435 HOOVER/VESTAVIA www.hodrrm.org
GoPro Event Solutions, LLC Tour Guides - Step On (205) 529-3939 SOUTHSIDE www.goproeventsolutions.com
Express Helicopters Tours - City Tour (205) 591-5456 AIRPORT www.expresshelicopters.com
Enon Ridge Cemetery History (205) 252-5552 WEST
DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park History (256) 378-7252 280 www.desotocavernspark.com
Discovery Tours Tour Guides - Step On (205) 305-2435 BESSEMER
Connection Tours, Inc. Tour Guides - Step On (205) 822-7323 HOOVER/VESTAVIA www.ctourstravel.com
Christopherson Andavo (All Season’s Travel) Tour Guides - Step On (205) 870-3003 MOUNTAIN BROOK www.allseasonstravel.com
Carver Theatre Civil Rights, History (205) 327-9424 DOWNTOWN www.jazzhall.com
Cathedral of St. Paul History (205) 699-3700 DOWNTOWN www.stpaulsbhm.org
Birmingham Holocaust Education Center Civil Rights, History, Museums/Galleries (205) 795-4177 SOUTHSIDE www.bhamholocausteducation.org
Birmingham Public Library History, Museums/Galleries (205) 226-3600 DOWNTOWN bplonline.org
Birmingham Historic Downtown Walk Tour Guides - Step On (205) 477-7976 DOWNTOWN
Birmingham Museum of Art Museums/Galleries (205) 254-2565 DOWNTOWN www.artsbma.org
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Civil Rights, Museums/Galleries (205) 328-9696 DOWNTOWN www.bcri.org
Bethel Baptist Church Civil Rights, History (205) 322-5360 AIRPORT www.bethelcollegeville.org
Bessemer Hall of History History, Museums/Galleries (205) 426-1633 BESSEMER www.bessemerhallofhistory.org
Barry McNealy Tour Services Tour Guides - Step On (205) 786-7631 WEST
Arlington Antebellum Home & Garden History, Museums/Galleries (205) 780-5656 WEST www.arlingtonantebellumhomeandgardens.com
American Village History (877) 811-1776 HOOVER/VESTAVIA www.americanvillage.org
Alabama Penny Savings Bank Civil Rights, History DOWNTOWN
Alabama Historical Radio Museum History, Museums/Galleries DOWNTOWN www.alabamahistoricalradiosociety.org
Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame History (205) 726-2362 HOMEWOOD www.samford.edu/groups/amhf
Alabama Mining Museum History, Museums/Galleries (205) 648-2442 WEST www.alabamaminingmuseum.com
Alabama National Cemetery History (205) 665-9039 HOOVER/VESTAVIA www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/alabama.asp
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame History, Museums/Galleries (205) 323-6665 DOWNTOWN www.ashof.org
Alabama Veterans Memorial History (205) 305-6749 MOUNTAIN BROOK www.alabamaveterans.org
Alabama Tour Connection Tour Guides - Step On (205) 323-5568 WEST
Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences Museums/Galleries (205) 934-4475 SOUTHSIDE www.uab.edu/amhs/
ADTRAV Meetings and Incentives Tour Guides - Step On (205) 444-4800 HOOVER/VESTAVIA www.adtrav.com
“Letter From Birmingham Jail” Historic Marker Civil Rights, History (205) 254-6369 DOWNTOWN
A. G. Gaston Gardens Civil Rights, History DOWNTOWN
9-11 Memorial Walk History (205) 251-0111 DOWNTOWN www.capisdowntown.com/9-11-memorial
Abracadabra Tours Tour Guides - Step On (803) 361-2650 BESSEMER