Birmingham, Alabama Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Birmingham and the surrounding area. Vulcan the Iron Man towers over the city with his notorious butt, while across town the Sloss Furnaces attract those who like exploring industrial ruins without the danger. Also in Birmingham: the world's largest motorcycle museum.

The Sloss Furnaces

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  • Vulcan the Iron Man

    Vulcan the Iron Man

    Birmingham, Alabama

    Ascend a tower to the 56-foot-tall statue of Vulcan, the pagan, bare-butted Roman smithy god.

  • African Village in America

    African Village in America

    Birmingham, Alabama

    Since 1989, Joe Minter has been packing his yard with homemade sculptures, shrines, and signs as a tribute to African-Americans, on orders from God.

  • The Sloss Furnaces

    The Sloss Furnaces

    Birmingham, Alabama

    For those who love exploring industrial ruins. Wander around an immense, rusting, turn-of-the-20th-century blast furnace.

  • Hitler's Typewriter, MLK's Jail Door

    Hitler's Typewriter, MLK's Jail Door

    Bessemer, Alabama

    In the town museum, an infernal machine from Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" hideout, and the jail cell door from Martin Luther King Jr's local imprisonment.

  • World's Largest Motorcycle Museum

    World's Largest Motorcycle Museum

    Birmingham, Alabama

    George Barber's collection of nearly 1,400 motorcycles (and a few dozen cars as well), displayed in a cross between the Guggenheim and a parking garage.

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