Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Birmingham.


Housed in the restored Carver Theatre, the Jazz Hall of Fame features instruments and memorabilia of Alabama jazz greats. Legends such as Lionel Hampton, W.C. Handy and Nat "King" Cole are among some of the Alabama natives honored here.

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A hands-on science and learning center that has a focused mission to make the study of science exciting and to make technology more understandable. An IMAX theater with heart stopping shows is a popular feature, as are several colorful, living aquariums. Prices below are for exhibits or the IMAX theater; discounted combination tickets are available.

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Over 80 years of aviation history are highlighted for the aviation buff. Engines, models and memorabilia. Early aircraft include a Huff Daland crop duster, the first plane of Delta Airlines and a 1910 Curtis Pusher.

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This museum's galleries will lead you through the era of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. Multimedia exhibitions depict dramatic events which took place in Birmingham and other cities. The museum also serves as a research facility on human rights issues and hosts many educational seminars.

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Birmingham Museum of Art

The museum boasts an excellent permanent collection of over 16,000 works, including impressive works from the Kress Collection of Renaissance paintings. You'll find many examples of English decorative art and French and Eastern art. The multilevel sculpture garden features contemporary works. The museum is constantly changing exhibitions, so call ahead for current showings.

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