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Birmingham Historical Museum & Park

Birmingham Historical MuseumThe Birmingham Historical Museum & Park was established in May 2001 and includes the 1822 John West Hunter House and the 1928 Allen House. These historic structures are linked by a public plaza, the gateway to the four acre John West Hunter Historic Park, dedicated in September 2007. A short walk from downtown Birmingham, the museum is a must-see for out-of-town visitors and residents alike.  The Allen House features changing exhibits about Birmingham and its heritage.  The Hunter House reflects 19th century pioneer life in the settlement.

The museum works in partnership with other community organizations, such as the Friends of the Birmingham Historical Museum and Park (also known as the Birmingham Historical Society).  Together, we provide public tours, entertaining lectures, and special events.  Research services are also available at the museum.

Mission Statement and 2013-2016 Strategic Plan
The Birmingham Historical Museum and Park is a unique cultural asset that connects us to our past and brings value to our present and future.  Its mission is to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of the Birmingham area’s unique heritage by collecting, preserving, cataloguing and exhibiting cultural material relevant to Birmingham’s story, and by providing engaging and entertaining educational experiences that promote this story to visitors of all ages.  A three-year (2013-2016) Strategic Plan was developed with public input, feedback from local cultural organizations, and a grant-funded institutional assessment of collections stewardship through the Institute for Museum and Library Services' Museum Assessment Program.  The resulting plan acts as a guide to museum operations, community engagement, and ongoing collections work.

New Expanded Hours with "Second Thursdays"

In addition to our regular schedule of Wednesday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the museum will now be open until 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month!  Check out our ongoing exhibits, enjoy our special programs, or make advance arrangements to use our research services. Special admission pricing during Sounds of Birmingham exhibition applies: adults, $7; seniors and students, $5; Friends members and children 5 and under, free.

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Check out the Birmingham Historical Museum & Park Facebook Page for more information & photos from events and exhibits.

Admission - (Special Admission Pricing During Sounds of Birmingham Music Exhibition, March 7, 2014-February 28, 2015)
Adults: $7.00
Seniors (65+): $5.00
Students (5-18): $5.00
Children under 5 are FREE.
Friends (Birmingham Historical Society) Members: FREE

School & Group Tours
School, community organizations and other group tours can be scheduled in advance. For more information, please contact the museum at 248.530.1928, or send an email to