Historical Attractions in BIRMINGHAM with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Birmingham, Alabama!)

Birmingham is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Heart of Dixie city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Birmingham’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Birmingham when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • McWane Science Center

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    (1 miles) Birmingham

    A nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder from an amazing collection of dinosaurs to innovative environmental showcases, ...

  • Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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    (1 miles) Birmingham

    The ASHOF has over 5,000 sports artifacts elegantly displayed in the 33,000 square foot building. Out of ESPN's list of the top 100 athletes of the century, five out of the top fifteen greatest ever ...

  • Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

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    (1 miles) Birmingham

    Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks ...

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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    (1 miles) Birmingham

    The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute documents the struggle of African-American citizens in Birmingham (BCRI) to become full participants in the city's government and business community.

  • Llamas Camps and Friends

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    (22 miles) Jasper

    Llamas, Camps, and Friends invite you to visit a working llama ranch in Goodsprings, Alabama. You can expirence first-hand, the calm and magic of the almost mystical llama. One of the many fun family ...

  • The American Village

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    (26 miles) Montevallo

    Step back in time to the birth of our country by joining costumed historical interpreters in a village of living history. You will be able to witness significant events that led to the birth of the ...

  • Moundville Archaeological Park

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    (60 miles) Moundville

    Meet history and nature at this museum site where one can experience the Lost Realm of the Black Warrior and the spirit of the outdoors with the site's nature trail and Black Warrior River.

  • US Space and Rocket Center

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    (83 miles) Huntsville

    From incredible artifacts of our nation's space program, to hands-on interactive exhibits and space travel simulators, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center experience is unlike any other. One of the many ...

  • Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center

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    (83 miles) Huntsville

    A hands-on science center with more than 100 permanent, interactive exhibits in 7 different subject areas.

  • Old Alabama Town

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    (84 miles) Montgomery

    Old Alabama Town is a collection of authentically restored 19th and 20th century structures. A place where people of all ages have fun learning about Central Alabama's history, architecture and ...

  • Rosa Parks Library and Museum

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    (84 miles) Montgomery

    The Rosa Parks Library and Museum serves as an historical milestone to those who strive to understand the event that began the famous bus boycott. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • The MOOseum

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    (84 miles) Montgomery

    Each year, about 10,000 school children and adults tour The MOOseum. The MOOseum opened in 1995 and offers a fun and interactive way for people of all ages to learn about Alabama's $3 billion beef ...

  • Alabama Constitution Village

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    (84 miles) Huntsville

    Transport back to 1819 at this historic Alabama museum, where kids can dress up, learn, and spend the day 200 years in the past!

  • Tuskegee Airmen NHS

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    (99 miles) Tuskegee

    In the 1940's Tuskegee, Alabama became home to a "military experiment" to train America's first African-American military pilots. In time the "experiment" became known as the Tuskegee Experience and ...

  • Helen Kellers Birthplace

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    (99 miles) West Tuscumbia

    Learn about Helen Keller and experience her environment in authentic fashion with plentiful artefacts and memorabilia in this historic home in Alabama

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  • Birmingham Museum of Art

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    Birmingham

    More than 17,000 objects represent a rich panorama of cultures, including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American. Highlights include the Museum's collection of Asian ...

  • Southern Environmental Center

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    (3 miles) Birmingham

    A new interactive museum. Visitors of all ages can slide down the giant sewage pipe, attempt to lift a week's worth of garbage and interact with other fun and interesting exhibits.

  • Southern Museum of Flight

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    (5 miles) Birmingham

    Visit one of the largest aviation museums in the Southeast, with 75,000 sq ft of aircraft from military to civilian, including memorabilia. Great aviation history in Alabama!

  • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

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    (11 miles) Birmingham

    A great collection of over 1300 vintage and modern motorcycles, as well as the largest collection of Lotus Race Cars in the entire world! Great fun for those engine loving families and kids! Vroom ...

  • Museum of George Washington

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    (26 miles) Columbiana

    A fascinating and educational collection of art and artifacts from the colonial period, through to 1865. Take the family on a journey through America's past, including items owned by Washington ...

  • Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

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    (29 miles) Calera

    Our museum features operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, and an outdoor collection of railroad cars, ...

  • International Motorsports Hall of Fame

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    (42 miles) Talladega

    "One of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame's highlight features is the Motorsports Museum. Spanning three buildings and the enclosed courtyard, this collection of history making vehicles is ...

  • Cullman County Museum

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    (46 miles) Cullman

    Interactive displays and modern exhibits stand ready for you to experience the rich German heritage, native American lifestyles, adventure of early pioneers and Deep South folklore when you visit ...

  • Paul W Bryant Museum

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    (48 miles) Tuscaloosa

    The museum exhibits artifacts and memorabilia that trace the long history of University of Alabama football. State-of-the-art displays enhanced by videos highlighting great players, plays and games ...

  • Alabama Museum Of Natural History

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    (49 miles) Tuscaloosa

    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, ...

  • Childrens Hands On Museum Of Tuscaloosa

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    (49 miles) Tuscaloosa

    Three floors of fun, hands-on exhibits in Tuscaloosa for kids up to 13 years, where they are encouraged to touch, play and feel all day long!

  • Anniston Museum of Natural History

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    (58 miles) Anniston

    Kids can explore the wilds of Africa, the mysteries of 2,000 year old mummies, and the wonders of the North American wilderness in this fascinating Alabama Natural History Museum. An educational AND ...

  • Berman Museum of World History

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    (58 miles) Anniston

    Featuring more than 8000 artifacts, Berman Museum of World History offers a unique opportunity to view ancient treasures and objects from all over the world.

  • Huntsville Art League

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    (83 miles) Huntsville

    Explore the galleries and find every almost theme and medium as created by Tennessee Valley artists, from sculptures and glass work through traditional oil paintings and contemporary photography.

  • The Hank Williams Museum

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    (84 miles) Montgomery

    Containing the most complete collection of memorabilia, the Official Hank Williams Museum is located in Downtown Montgomery where Hank lived from 1937 - 1953. Come and visit the place where the man ...

  • Earlyworks Children's History Museum

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    (84 miles) Huntsville

    Designed for children, it's the South's largest hands-on history museum where kids can learn through play and discovery!

  • Huntsville Museum of Art

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    (84 miles) Huntsville

    The Museum fills its seven galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling exhibits and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The ...

  • The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

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    (88 miles) Montgomery

    For seventy years, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has been a showcase for the visual arts in Central Alabama. A primary focus of the Museum's mission is collecting and preserving works by some of ...

  • The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

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    The 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 accomplishments of ...

  • Birmingham Childrens Theatre

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    (2 miles) Birmingham

    Professional theatre complex for children, with different theatres and performances on offer for different age groups. High profile productions most children will recognise.