Vulcan Park and Museum
Birmingham also referred to as the ‘City of a thousand trades’ is a place popularly known for its historic and cultural roots. The Vulcan Park and Museum (VPM) is a center that is located in the Downtown district of this city and a bright spot to visit.
All about The Vulcan Park and Museum
The Vulcan Park and Museum is run by the Vulcan Park Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Vulcan as the symbol of the Birmingham region, advancing knowledge and understanding of Birmingham’s history and culture, and encouraging exploration of the region. The facility features spectacular views of Birmingham, an interactive history museum that examines Vulcan and Birmingham’s history, a premier venue for private events, the Kiwanis Vulcan Trail, newly constructed Kiwanis Centennial Park, and a 10-acre urban green space for visitors and locals to enjoy.
The facility was designated an official Birmingham Information Center in 2007 by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. It offers information on transportation services, restaurants, events,s and other cultural offerings in Birmingham.
Features of the Facility
– The Vulcan Statue; Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti in 1904, the statue is the symbol of Birmingham, Alabama. It is the largest cast-iron statue in the world, and it reflects the city’s roots in the iron and steel industry. Vulcan, the Roman god, is depicted as the 56-foot-tall statue. It was built as Birmingham’s entry for the 1904 World’s Fair at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri.
– Kiwanis Centennial Park: Built and opened in 2018 by the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham as an extension and enhancement to Vulcan Park. The park provides a publicly accessible connection from Vulcan Trail to the upper area, where the visitors’ center and statue are located. It features a fountain and provides new space for events.
– Kiwanis Vulcan Trail: A 2-mile jogging and biking trail that extends to the Green Springs Highway.
– Event rooms: The center has 3 event rooms that can be booked for meetings, seminars, luncheons, receptions, or seated dinners. They are the Electra Event room, the City Overlook, and Museum Plaza.
The center also showcases exhibits at the museum. These include rare artifacts that give the Birmingham community a look into the fabled Black Barons and Barons. An example is the autographed photo of baseball legend Willie Mays and a 1915 TCI League Championship team photo. The exhibits are located in the Linn-Henley Gallery inside Vulcan Center.
The Vulcan Park and Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and is situated at 1701 VALLEY VIEW DRIVE BIRMINGHAM, AL 35209.
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