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    MUSEUMS + ATTRACTIONS

     Birmingham is home to some amazing museums dedicated to Art, History, Heritage, and Science. In addition to being open for regular visits, most of these places have programs and activities to participate in as well. You can find those events by clicking here.

    Birmingham Museum of Art

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast supported by a strong educational program designed to make the arts come alive for children and adults throughout the region. More than 24,000 objects represent a rich panorama of cultures, including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American.

    Highlights include the Museum’s ...more


    The Art of Soy Candle Making

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    July 31, 2016

    Instructor: Brittney Stallworth of Scents From Heaven
    July 31, 2016 | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members $20 | Non-members $25

    Candles are...more

    Lunch & Learn: How Succulent

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 10, 2016

    Speaker: TBD
    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    No time? No water? No problem! Se¬dums and other succulents thrive...more

    The Negro Southern League Museum Presents Pitch Talk-The Man Behind the Collection

    Presented by Negro Southern League Museum (NSLM)

    August 11, 2016

    Get up close and personal with the man behind the collection. Join the Negro Southern League Museum as we welcome one of the preeminent experts on black baseball in America. 

    Dr....more

    Designing and Heirloom Garden-A Second Saturday at Sloss Walk and Talk

    Presented by Birmingham Historical Society and Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Birmingham

    August 13, 2016

    Horticulturalist Sallie Lee and landscape designer Christopher Pugh will lead this Walk and Talk gathering in Birmingham Historical Society's Grandmothers Garden at Sloss Furnaces. They will focus...more

    Family Yoga in The Gardens

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 13, 2016

    For ages 3 and up 
    Instructor: Annie Damsky
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Saturday, August 13 | 9-10 a.m.
    $15 drop-in (child+1 adult)
    $5 for an...more

    Photography Class: What’s This Button Do?

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 13, 2016

    Instructor: Hank Siegel
    Saturday, August 13 | 9-noon
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members $50|Non-Members $60
     

    This class is designed for those who...more

    Establishment and Aesthetics of the Traditional Japanese Garden

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 13, 2016

    Instructor: Mickey J. Lollar, Volunteer Curator and Education Programs Director, Berry Library & Museum

    Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Location: Birmingham...more

    "Yaacov Agam: Metamorphic" Exhibition

    Presented by Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) at UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), Birmingham

    June 3 - August 20, 2016

    Yaacov Agam: Metamorphic

    June 3 - August 20, 2016
    Opening Reception Friday, June 3 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts is pleased to present...more

    "María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Picturing/Performing the Self" Exhibition

    Presented by Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) at UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), Birmingham

    June 3 - August 20, 2016

    June 3 - August 20, 2016
    Opening Reception, Friday, June 3 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    María Magdalena Campos-Pons explores the complexity of her heterogeneous Cuban identity in works...more

    "American Sublime: Selections from the Jack and Susan Warner Collection of American Art" Exhibition

    Presented by Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) at UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), Birmingham

    June 3 - August 20, 2016

    American Sublime: Selections from the Jack and Susan Warner Collection of American Art
    June 3 – August 20, 2016
    Opening Reception, Friday, June 3 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm...more

    Words are our World--PNC Back to School Bash

    Presented by McWane Science Center at McWane Science Center, Birmingham

    August 21, 2016

    Having a good vocabulary is the key to success, and no one knows this better than Vocabby–the Words are our World mascot. Meet Vocabby and enjoy some fun science programs aimed at strengthening...more

    Lunch & Learn: Yard Art

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 24, 2016

    Speaker: Hope Long
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    Discover fun alternatives to plants in your landscape while...more

    Bombshell Ball

    Presented by Southern Museum of Flight at Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham

    August 26, 2016

    Friday, August 26th, from 7:00 - 10:00 PM., the Southern Museum of Flight will have the annual Bombshell Ball supporting the Mary Alice...more

    Flora Photography

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 27, 2016

    Instructor: Hank Siegel
    Saturday, August 27 | 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members $60|Non-Members $75

    this class is designed to teach the...more

    Botanical Beauty Secrets

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    July 23 - August 27, 2016

    Botanical Beauty Secrets: Summer Hair Care
    Saturday, July 23, 2016 | 10:00 am - Noon

    Botanical Beauty Secrets: Summer Skin Care
    Saturday, August 27, 2016 | 10:00 am -...more

    Introduction to Native Plant Conservation (core)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 27, 2016

    Instructor: Instructor: Bob Boyd, Ph.D., Professor, Auburn University
    Saturday, August 27 | 8:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members $80|Non-members $90...more

    18th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival

    Presented by Sidewalk Film Festival at Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham

    August 26 - August 28, 2016

    The 18th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival will take place August 26-28, 2016 in downtown Birmingham's historic theatre district. 

    Sidewalk Film Festival has been named one of...more

    Alabama Splash Adventure

    Presented by Alabama Splash Adventure at Alabama's Splash Adventure Waterpark, Bessemer

    May 28 - September 5, 2016

    Alabama Splash Adventure offers two theme parks including family rides and slides for one great price. The amusement park has grown to be Alabama’s premier destination offering a day of family...more

    Hall of Heroes

    Presented by McWane Science Center at McWane Science Center, Birmingham

    May 14 - September 5, 2016

    Learn the circumstances that create superheroes, discover the ideals that heroes uphold, and push boundaries as to what it truly means to be heroic in the Hall of Heroes!

    Starting your...more

    Seasonal Series

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 10, 2016

    Instructor: Hank Siegel
    Saturday, September 10 | 9-1 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members $65|Non-Members $75

    Learn the techniques, tools and skills...more

    Introduction to Botany - The Science of Plants (core)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 10, 2016

    Instructor: Instructor: Tom Diggs PhD, Asst. Professor, University of North Georgia
    Saturday, September 10 | 8:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Members...more

    Lunch & Learn: All About Bulbs

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 14, 2016

    Speaker: Amanda Clark
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    Easy care and low maintenance? Yes, and they bring...more

    Teens and Tech

    Presented by McWane Science Center at McWane Science Center, Birmingham

    September 24, 2016

    September’s Teens and Tech event provides hands-on activities to introduce middle and high school students to careers in biotechnology. This event will be hosted by students from UAB’s Sci...more

    Plant-Soil Relationships (core)

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 24, 2016

    Instructor: Instructor: Henry Hughes, Director of Education, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Saturday, September  24 | 8:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens...more

    Lunch & Learn: Transplanting and Caring

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    September 28, 2016

    Speaker: David Doggett
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    Discover the tried and true techniques of planting,...more

    Lunch & Learn: Ask the Experts!

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    October 12, 2016

    Speaker: TBD
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    Bring your garden related questions and ask the panel. Trees,...more

    Lunch & Learn: They're So Wicked

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    October 26, 2016

    Speaker: Verna Gates
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Free

    Discover what plants are harmful or toxic, how to control...more

    Arlington Historic Home and Gardens Candelight Holiday Program

    Presented by Arlington Historic Home and Gardens at Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, Birmingham

    December 2, 2016

    Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens' Candlelight Program provides visitors with costumed "Spirits of Arlington," holiday entertainment, candlelight tours of the house and old kitchen...more

    Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens Holiday Open House

    Presented by Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens at Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, Birmingham

    December 3 - December 4, 2016

    Christmas at Arlington, Arlington’s gift to the city of Birmingham, held the first weekend in December, (December 3-4) is an annual event that kicks off the holiday season.  Arlington,...more

    Alabama Historical Radio Museum

    Presented by Alabama Historical Radio Museum at Alabama Historical Radio Museum, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    The society was founded in June of 1989 by Don Kresge, a retired General Electric engineer, to provide an opportunity for men and women of all ages to join together and persue their interest in...more

    Alabama Mining Museum

    Presented by Alabama Mining Museum at Alabama Mining Museum, Dora

    Ongoing

    Focusing on the total concept of coal mining in Alabama from 1890 to 1940. In 1984 the Alabama Mining Museum was designated by the Alabama State Senate as "The Official State Coal Mining...more

    Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences - Temporarily Closed

    Presented by Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences at UAB Lister Hill Library, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    The Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences will close at the end of the day on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 for renovations.
    They expect to be closed about 5...more

    Alabama Veterans Memorial

    Presented by Alabama Veterans Memorial Park at Alabama Veterans Memorial, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    The Alabama Veterans Memorial is far more than just a park... It is a message from all Alabamians, recognizing the price of freedom and peace.

    Amid peaceful Alabama woodlands, you can...more

    Bessemer Hall of History

    Presented by Bessemer Hall of History Museum at Bessemer Hall of History , Bessemer

    Ongoing

    The Bessemer Hall of History offers something for everyone. Plan to visit the Hall soon to "relive" the history of the area through photographs, machinery, books and many other...more

    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Presented by Oak Hill Cemetery at Oak Hill Cemetery , Birmingham

    Ongoing

    In 1871 the City of Birmingham purchased from the Elyton Land Company 21.5 acres of land for a city cemetery (later named Oak Hill). The deed was issued December 29, 1873. As the first city...more

    Alabama Museum of Natural History

    Presented by Alabama Museum of Natural History at Alabama Museum of Natural History, Tuscaloosa

    Ongoing

    Experience the natural diversity of Alabama through exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs, the Coal Age, and the Ice Age. View the extensive displays of geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology,...more

    Birmingham History Center

    Presented by Birmingham History Center at Birmingham History Center, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    The Birmingham History Center collects and preserves an array of historic objects, books, clothing, photographs, machinery, documents and other items of historic significance to Birmingham and...more

    Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

    Presented by Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    Dedicated to the presentation, interpretation, exhibition and history of motorcycles, vintage vehicles and motorsports. Home to the world's best motorcycle collection, the museum now has over...more

    Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens

    Presented by Arlington Historic Home and Gardens at Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    Arlington is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture dating from the 1840s. The house was built by Judge William S. Mudd, one of the ten founders of Birmingham. The house is furnished with a...more

    Kelly Ingram Park

    Presented by Kelly Ingram Park at Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    Kelly Ingram Park is a four acre park located in between 16th and 17th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenue North in the Birmingham's Civil Rights District. The park, just outside the doors of the...more

    Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

    Presented by Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame at Carver Theatre, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    This art-deco museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. While furnishing educational information, the museum is also a place for entertainment. Exhibits convey the...more

    Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington

    Presented by Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington at Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington, Columbiana

    Ongoing

    The Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington collection focuses on art and artifacts from the colonial period through 1865. The collection contains paintings, letters, furniture, porcelain,...more

    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    Presented by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    The mission of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) is to promote civil and human rights worldwide through education. BCRI presents an in-depth look at the Civil Rights Movement through...more

    Jesse Owens Memorial Park and Museum

    Presented by Jesse Owens Memorial Park at Jesse Owens Memorial Park, Danville

    Ongoing

    In the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, a single man captured the attention of the world, winning 4 gold medals, an Olympic first. Sixty years later, thousands gathered to honor this man with the...more

    Ave Maria Grotto

    Presented by Ave Maria Grotto at Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman

    Ongoing

    Known throughout the world as "Jerusalem in Miniature," is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of...more

    Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. Museum & Archives

    Presented by Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. at Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. Museum & Archives, Columbiana

    Ongoing

      The Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. is dedicated to the discovery, collection, and preservation of all things related to the history of Shelby County Alabama; to the encouragement,...more

    Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

    Presented by Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville

    Ongoing

     

    The traditional artwork throughout the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament is intended to inspire devotion in the hearts of all who come here to pray. The Romanesque-Gothic...more

    McWane Science Center

    Presented by McWane Science Center at McWane Science Center, Birmingham

    Ongoing

     Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX® Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder — from an...more

    Aldridge Gardens

    Presented by Aldridge Botanical Gardens at Aldridge Gardens, Hoover

    Ongoing

    Since Aldridge Gardens opened in 2002, the 30-acre former property of well-known horticulturist Eddie Aldridge and his wife Kay has become a popular attraction in the greater Birmingham area. The...more

    Heritage Hall Museum

    Presented by Heritage Hall Museum at Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega

    Ongoing

    Heritage Hall, located in the heart of Talladega's historic Silk Stocking District, has been open to the public since 1983. Housed in the former Jemison-Carnegie Public Library building originally...more

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