Important COVID-19 Update

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a Smithsonian affiliate, will temporarily close to the public starting Sunday, March 15th, as a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates on a week-to-week basis.

Tour and Gift Shop Hours

Sunday : 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Closed Mondays

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am-5 pm

Martin Luther King Day: Free admission
Note: Ticket booth closes at 4:30 pm. 


Daily Admission Fees*

 Adults  $15 ea.
 Adults Group Discount (25 or more adults)  $10 ea.
 Seniors (age 65+)  $5 ea.
 College students (with ID)  $6 ea.
 Youth (grades 4-12 living in Jefferson County,  Alabama)              Free
 Youth (grades 4-12 living outside Jefferson  County, Alabama)  $5 ea.
 Children (grade 3 and younger)  Free

* Sundays are first-come, first served for everyone.  Individuals and small groups (25 or less) are donation only.  Groups pay standard admission ($10) all days.
Ask about AAA,  Smithsonian and Military discounts. We are also a member of Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day annually.

Discounts apply to onsite purchase only.


Payment is due at the time of your tour. Major credit cards, checks from an organization, and cash accepted. Individuals and small groups may purchase tickets & prepay via our website. Large groups may phone our Ticket Booth to pre-pay, 866-328-9696 x 229. Email if you need an invoice. Contact the Group Tour Coordinator at 866-328-9696 x 204.


Passport Cancellation Station is located in the ticket booth.

There is street parking around BCRI and free parking for cars and buses behind our building off of Fifteenth Street North.
School Groups
Learn about the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement through a field trip to BCRI.
Large Groups (Non-School Groups)
Groups with 25 adults or more are $10 per person with an advanced reservation.

You must book groups with 25 or more in advance. We book on the hour and the half hour. Contact our Group Tour coordinator by filling out a reservation form below, emailing, or phoning 866-328-9696 x 204.



520 16th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203



1-866-328-9696 or


Google Maps


Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 P.M.












COVID-19 Update: BCRI continues to be closed in effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.Donate