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Bessemer, AL 35022
Phone: (205) 428-3999
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Arts & Museums
Housed in a former rail depot, the Bessemer Hall of History is a local museum dedicated to the historical heritage of Bessemer city. Opened in 1916, the museum building itself is added to the National Register of Historic Places. Artifacts pertaining to the city's history and daily life of its locals give you an insight into the bygone era.
The beautiful Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama, as the name suggests, exhibits a great demonstration of how iron was formed during the Civil War. Popularly known as the Tannehill Museum, The museum is located in Tannehill Ironworks Historical Park and features iron-making technology, machines, tools and all the products used during ancient times. The museum also exhibits a collection of steam engines, war materials and more.
When you think of an art gallery, you think of fine art of landscapes, buildings, and unknown people. But, New Life Art Gallery combines two unlikely combinations: art and sports. The gallery showcases (and sells) paintings by David A. Moore, a renowned international artist whose work is revered by many. Avid golfer? Football aficionado? There’s something for you. But, the gallery by far features and caterers to University of Alabama Roll Tide football, where, as they say, football is a sport, but in Alabama, football is art. Artwork is reasonably priced, with online shopping available. Worth a visit, even if you’re not an art lover. - Terah Shelton
Daniel Moore is an artist who is popular for his hyperrealistic sports lithographs. These photorealistic images capture incredible moments in sports history, especially Alabama sports history.
Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, the city's only antebellum mansion, offers tours featuring its collection of 19th-century furniture and decorative arts. The building is a grand example of the Greek Revival architecture that was prominent in the 1840s. A tearoom is available, and the gardens are a beautiful site and backdrop for weddings and other special events. Call ahead for admission details.
Nestled within the sprawling campus of the Birmingham-Southern College, the Southern Environmental Center was founded to create awareness about environment protection and conservation. All its efforts and endeavours are directed towards achieving this goal. For more details, check website.
In ancient mythology, Vulcan was ugly. So ugly, that he was kicked out of his home on Mount Olympus and forced to become a blacksmith among the common people with a volcano as his forge. But he eventually married Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, so either he wasn’t really that ugly or he just had a really good sense of humor. Today, the god stands as the tallest cast iron statue in the world in the center of Birmingham’s Vulcan Park & Museum, which features educational tours and a soaring observation deck overlooking the city.
Opened in the 1975, the Alabama Museum of Health Sciences is a reputed organization that aims at preserving and displaying various instruments, objects, and equipment of medical importance. A few medical manuscripts and books from the Middle Ages are also a part of its elaborate collection. The museum is a fine representation of the history and development of medical sciences in the United States in the different areas of medicine, right from nursing to public and allied health. The museum allows visitors to experience the milestones and obstacles that were encountered in the field of medicine.
Located at 16th Street North across the street from Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church, this fascinating gallery tells the story of Birmingham's tragic and triumphant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This state-of-the-art facility utilizes multimedia presentations, photographs and other artifacts to document the African American struggle for racial equality, and relates this history to other human rights struggles around the world. Admission is free on Sundays.
Located in the historic Carver Theatre in the Civil Rights District, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame started in 1978 as a tribute to the truly American music form. Many beloved jazz musicians got their start in Alabama, and a surprising number of these came from Birmingham. In the early 20th Century, Birmingham was a training ground for these famed musicians. See exhibits devoted to such greats as Lionel Hampton, Erskine Hawkins, Nat King Cole and Sun Ra. You can choose to tour all by yourself, or take a guided tour.
Step back in time to the era when the word "wireless" referred to radio. Founded by and named after a retired General Electric engineer, the Don Kresge Memorial Museum features antique radios, photos and other memorabilia. Displays allow visitors to trace the development of radio technology and the history of broadcasting. Serious radio buffs may enjoy participating in swap meets or attending educational programs about refurbishing old radios, vacuum tubes and cabinets.
A hands-on science museum, the McWane Science Center allows visitors to test physics principles, explore aquatic habitats, simulate space exploration and more. Interactive exhibits allow you to make your own animated movie, build a roller coaster or ride a bicycle along a wire 30 feet above the ground! There is also the IMAX Theater, a gift shop, and a food court that offers a variety of fast food and snack options. See website for event calendar, movie showtime, admission details and more.