There’s more to Vulcan Park than the world’s largest cast iron statue (as if that’s not enough). The museum at the park offers exhibits and interactive displays to teach visitors of all ages not only about the history of the Vulcan statue, but also about life in the Magic City through the decades. Explore how families lived in various eras in Birmingham’s history; how children played and went to school in company towns; what their parents did for work; and how families celebrated the heritage they brought with them from other parts of the world.
Examine various chapters in the city’s history, from its founding and early growth in the late 1800s; to the Great Depression and World War II; postwar Birmingham and the Civil Rights era; the city’s transition from an industrial to a technology-based economy; and Birmingham as the hub of an expansive metropolitan area.
Other fun activities include taking your picture beside a life-size replica of Vulcan’s giant foot’; climbing the stairs to the top of Vulcan’s 124-foot pedestal (there’s also an elevator for tired parents); and enjoying a picnic lunch while enjoying the panoramic views of Birmingham’s skyline. For views of the city lights at night, the park grounds and observation tower are open every night from 6 to 10 p.m. for a discounted admission fee of $3 plus tax for adults and children ages five and older.
Vulcan Park and Museum
1701 Valley View Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
Hours of Operation
10 a.m. -6 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m.
Observation Tower: 10 a.m. -10 p.m.;
Sunday 1-10 p.m.
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors (65+),
$4 children ages 5-12 (plus tax)
Category: Area Attractions