Effective immediately, the Birmingham Museum is closed to the public until further notice.
 
However, museum staff is available for public inquiries and research questions: 

via phone at (248-530-1928 or 248-530-1682)
or via email at museum@bhamgov.org
Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM
 
You can also reach us through Facebook www.facebook.com/TheBirminghamMuseum, or Twitter https://twitter.com/bham_museum and we will do our best to get back to you quickly!

We're also working to provide even more of our entertaining and educational content online, so stay tuned for updates! 

Natl Archives Pop-Up ExhibitNew! A Women's History Outdoor Pop-Up Exhibit on Fridays in September, 2020, from 1 to 4 PM that brings the National Archives and the Birmingham Museum To You!  

With the COVID pandemic preventing public access to our museum, we've come up with a creative way to respond to your requests to see our exhibit: we'll bring our women's history exhibit to you. A selection of artifacts will be available for view and museum staff will be on hand to answer your questions on Fridays during September from 1 to 4 PM, beginning September 4. We will be combining Birmingham women's history with a National Archives display on the struggle for women's suffrage. This pop-up exhibit is free to the public and eye-opening as well as educational. It might just be the ticket for parents and students that want exposure to quality materials in a whole different learning environment.  Please note: due to ongoing public health protective measures will be followed, including sanitizing, social distancing and masks for those who want to examine the artifacts or speak with museum staff.  


(In addition to the National Archives display (above), artifacts and
materials from the museum's current exhibit will be set up for viewing) 


Join us in 2020 for an exhibit to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment! 
Watch a seven minute PowerPoint presentation to bring you up to speed on the history of the suffrage movement, "A World of Suffrage: Snapshots of the Struggle for the Women's Rights," created by the Birmingham Museum as part of its Beyond Suffrage: Empowering Birmingham's Women exhibit.  (Note: this is a 43 MB file-download the file and hit 'Slideshow' button at top to play a full screen version on your computer or device)  

It was 1920, and women across the entire United States finally were given the right to vote. The American suffrage movement had its roots in the early to mid 19th century when various women's rights and temperance efforts began to pick up speed from their origins in upstate New York. It had been a long and hard battle, and one which resulted in violence and strife as well. 

In Michigan, in Oakland County, in the hamlet of Birmingham, women had been enduring their own struggles and making gains in directing their own lives over the decades. Not stopping at suffrage in 1920, Birmingham's women continued to work to make the village and city, and the entire community, a better place to live for all. Many of Birmingham's women influenced later generations and created legacies that extended far beyond Birmingham to include regional and international impact.

2020 gives us a special opportunity to more clearly focus on those overlooked stories of Birmingham's fascinating and unique women who made their mark, from the pioneer women of 1818 to late 19th century reformers to 20th century political activists, architects and writers. Stop by and meet some of the most interesting women you'll ever encounter!

Simple Graphic 1-Beyond Suffrage
2020 Womens Names