5 Birmingham museums to offer free admission on Museum Day, including McWane Science Center, on Saturday, September 22

Birmingham, Birmingham Musem of Art, Art on the Rocks, Museum Day
Birmingham, Birmingham Musem of Art, Art on the Rocks, Museum Day
Arts and culture were celebrated in August 2018 at Birmingham’s annual Art on the Rocks. Photo via Art Birmingham Museum of Art

From art to science to fire engines, Birmingham is home to an incredible list of museums. Plan a visit on Museum Day happening Sat., Sept. 22 and get you and a friend in free!

The Details

Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. During this one-day event, participating museums and cultural institutes across the country will provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.

A free day at a museum? Count me in! But it gets better.

Each Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people. Yep, two! So grab a friend and head to one of the participating museums (listed below) for a culture-rich and fun-filled Saturday.

Participating Museums and Cultural Institutions

This year, five local Birmingham museums will be participating in Museum Day. Here’s a look at each:

1. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham’s Civil Rights Movement is a dark time in our nation that is filled with strong emotions. When you visit the Civil Rights Institute, you will step back in time as you stand among life-size scenes of historical events and encounters of this important movement. It may be an emotional journey, but it’s truly worth it.

Find it at 520 16th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203.

Museum Day Hours: 10am-5pm

Get your ticket.

Birmingham, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Museum Day
“Four Little Girls” exhibit at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Photo via the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

2. Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama

Interested in Alabama’s history of iron and steel? Then head to the Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama.

Located near Tannehill’s Civil War era stone furnaces, the museum chronicles Alabama’s iron and steel industry from its very beginning to the present day.

On Museum Day, there will be many exhibits on display, including:

  • Tools and technology of iron-making from the 1800s through the present day.
  • Civil War artifacts.
  • Archaeological artifacts from Tannehill Ironworks.
  • Historic photography depicting welfare programs of the Tennessee Coal and Iron Company in the early 20th century.

Find it at 12632 Confederate Pkwy, McCalla, AL 35111.

Museum Day Hours: 10am-4pm

Get your ticket.

3. McWane Science Center

A free visit to McWane Science Center? It really can’t get better than that!

This exciting museum has been inspiring a life-long love of learning since it first opened its doors in 1998—and it has no plans of stopping!

See, hear, touch and experience all things science when you visit McWane Science Center during Museum Day.

Find it at 200 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203.

Museum Day Hours: 10am-6pm

Get your ticket.

Birmingham, Museum Day, Beaker Seekers, McWane Science Center
Learning all about science at McWane Science Center. Photo by Jane Foster

4. Vulcan Park and Museum

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Nope, just an enormous, pants-less Vulcan statue gazing upon Birmingham from high above. You know you love him!

Vulcan is the world’s largest cast-iron statue and considered one o the most memorable works of civic art in the U.S. And Museum Day is the perfect time to visit Vulcan Park and Museum.

Check out an incredible view of Birmingham and of Vulcan’s memorable derriere, while learning the fascinating story of this statue and more!

Find it at 1701 Valley View Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209.

Museum Day Hours: 10am-6pm

Get your ticket.

Birmingham, Vulcan, Vulcan Park and Museum, Museum Day
Check out Vulcan on Museum Day in Birmingham. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

5. Birmingham Museum of Art

Okay, so the BMA is always free, but it’s still worth mentioning because it’s so awesome!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is a place that sparks creativity, imagination and liveliness in Birmingham. It is also one of the finest regional art museums in the U.S.

Founded in 1951, it sits on 3.9 acres in the heart of Birmingham’s cultural district. And it is beautiful!

A stroll through the museum will lead you to a diverse collection of over 27,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and decorative arts—dating from ancient to modern times.

Find the Birmingham Museum of Art at 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203.

Museum Day Hours: 10am-5pm

Get your ticket.

Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art, Museum Day
Discover amazing art pieces at Birmingham Museum of Art. Photo via the Birmingham Museum of Art

Discover More in Birmingham

Want to discover even more museums around Birmingham? Be sure to check out our official guide to museums in Birmingham. It’s so spectacular, you’ll be amazed!