7 ways to enjoy Virtual Vacation Day in Birmingham

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Learn more about the history and culture of Birmingham with these virtual vacation ideas. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum’s Facebook

A year into the pandemic, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking an in-person vacation. While the vaccine efforts are ramping up, it’s still safest to keep your vacay virtual. Keep reading to see seven ways to enjoy a Birmingham virtual vacation.

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The Holi Festival and 3 other events are safely bringing live entertainment to Bham from now through Apr. 9

Holi Festival
Photo Via Birmingham Museum of Art

It’s no secret that Birmingham has a thriving entertainment scene. From musical theater to live concerts, there is something for everyone. Due to the pandemic, Birmingham venues have had to find creative ways of providing us with live entertainment, while adhering to safety guidelines and making sure we are comfortable. Check out these four events that will provide you with quality live entertainment, while in the comfort of your home or vehicle!

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A Birmingham gift guide for the art lover, including galleries, supplies + classes

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Sometimes you know the artist in your life better than Santa. Photo via Unsplash

Birmingham’s a gem when it comes to art. It’s the perfect spot for the artist on your gift list to flourish. While they’re busy becoming the next Monet, here are some gift ideas including where to get art locally, art supply stores and classes to help them brush up on their skills.

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15 things you never knew about our city—just in time for Birmingham Day

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Our favorite birthday to celebrate and our favorite city to call home. Photo via Railroad Park on Facebook

Today is a very special day—Birmingham’s birthday! On December 19, 1871, the beautiful city of Birmingham was incorporated by the state of Alabama. To celebrate Birmingham Day, we’re sharing 15 things you might not know about the Magic City.

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5 stunning works you need to see from “All Things Bright and Beautiful” at the BMA

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“All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Amy Sherald serves as inspiration for the exhibition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

In a year marked with sadness, All Things Bright and Beautiful seeks to celebrate the joy you can find even in the darkest of times. Learn about this stunning exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) and why it serves an important purpose.

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15 items we’re shopping during Museum Store Sunday at the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Shop from the comfort of your couch online or safely in-store during Museum Store Sunday. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

I love museum exhibits, but I wouldn’t be lying if I said one of my favorite parts of visiting is hitting the gift shop on the way out. The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) houses one-of-a-kind treasures that make unforgettable holiday gifts. Shop items and score 10% off during Museum Store Sunday on November 29. Or, become a member of the BMA and get 20% off of all items.

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9 safe ways to enjoy the heck out of this Thanksgiving weekend

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There should be plenty of time to get outside over Thanksgiving weekend. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Hard to believe Thanksgiving is here, but chalk it up to the general weirdness that is 2020. Turkey Day traditions may be a little (or a lot) different this year, but there’s no reason you can’t still have a good time. We pulled together 9 safe ways you can enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend in Birmingham.

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“Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle” retells history at the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Kate Crawford, Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, walks us through what makes the exhibit particularly special. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle is a series that implores viewers to look through an alternative lens of early American history. The preeminent American modernist Jacob Lawrence uses vivid images with a narrative style to showcase how women and people of color helped shape the founding of our nation. Kate Crawford, the Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA), walks us through the significance of this incredible series.

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Wall to Wall, a new interactive exhibit, brings color to the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Prepare to be completely amazed by the work of Merritt Johnson. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Have you ever looked at a painting and thought, “I wish I could just jump in?” The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is making this a possibility through their inaugural iteration of Wall to Wall, an interactive exhibit featuring four works created by Alaska-based artist Merritt Johnson.

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7 unique spots to have a get-together with coworkers

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Nothing like catching up with a cool brew. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Co’s Facebook

Let’s face it. Some of us probably don’t even remember what an office looks like now that we’re working remotely. Those of us who can work from the comfort of our home are definitely privileged and lucky, but sometimes it’s nice to see co-workers—even if it is behind a mask. For some extra camaradarie, check out these spots around town to meet up with your team.

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13 arts, culture + sports organizations opening back up, including the Negro Southern League Museum

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of the organizations that's reopened
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been back to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens since they reopened. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

When COVID hit back in March 2020, the City of Birmingham closed arts, cultural and sporting organizations across the city. Some of these have opened back up and others will soon. Keep reading for all the details.

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The Birmingham Museum of Art reopens Oct. 6—plus 5 new exhibits

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I’m so looking forward to walking through those doors again and feasting my eyes on new images. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Who else has been missing the Birmingham Museum of Art during the pandemic? They’re planning to reopen to the public Tuesday, October 6. And, they’ve got five exhibits coming this fall that’ll make you want to stop by for a visit.

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Birmingham Zoo returns this week! Check out the status of several Magic City attractions

June 29, 2019 is the official Grand Opening of the Birmingham Zoo’s Arrival Experience and Welcome Plaza.The new entrance is the culmination of Phase 2 of the Renew the Zoo Capital Campaign. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Magic City’s most visited tourist attraction, the Birmingham Zoo, returns this week on Thursday, June 11th for general admission patrons.

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#BMAfromHome empowers art lovers to learn, create + explore virtually

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Graham Boettcher, Director of Birmingham Museum of Art, goes live from the galleries so we don’t miss a second of the museum. Photo courtesy Birmingham Museum of Art.

I love the feeling that every time I go to the Birmingham Museum of Art, I always discover something new or see a piece of work in a different perspective. #BMAfromHome isn’t taking that away from us, in fact, it’s allowing us to connect more than ever. The arts have been adapting for centuries, and #BMAfromHome proves Birmingham is no exception.

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Calling all Marvel fans. Wakanda is coming to the Birmingham Museum of Art on Friday, Feb. 7

Wakanda’s coming to Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art.

Black Panther is arguably my favorite Marvel movie although Iron Man will always have a special place in my heart (R.I.P). On February 7 from 5- 9 PM, you can take a trip to Wakanda during the Birmingham Museum of Art’s free Art After 5 event. We’ve got all the deets!

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