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Give Birmingham: Birmingham Civil RIghts Institute

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument & an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural & educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding of the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham. We stand strong as the cornerstone of the civil rights story, a living memorial with an ongoing mission.

For over 30 years, BCRI has enlightened each generation about civil & human rights through historical exhibitions, educational programming, community engagement, and cultural events. BCRI is dedicated to reaching individuals, young & old, from all backgrounds & cultural groups, to convey the importance of the Civil Rights Movement then & now.

The Institute is open Tues.-Fri., 10 am-5 pm, and Sat., 10 am-4 pm. Admission tickets can be purchased on-site. Visit our website ( to purchase advance tickets, schedule a group tour, become a member, make a donation, and view upcoming events. 


In 2023, BCRI welcomed over 46,000 visitors and hosted 30 events engaging both the local and global community to experience civil rights history.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

520 16th St N. Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 328-9696 •

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