SUMMER 2021-Free Porch Pop-up Exhibit Displays, Fridays 1-4 PM 
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Pop up exhibits are back every Friday through September and are fun, friendly, and totally free! Each week will feature a different aspect of a monthly theme and will include stories and objects that can be seen (and often touched) by visitors of all ages.  We're out front on the ample front porch of the Allen House from 1 to 4, so stop by, see what we've got going, and ask a question or two if you like. (Oh, we're dog friendly, too.) 

     May: The Museum's Changing Landscape  How the museum site has been used and changed over the years
  • May 7   Marion Clizbe Allen, the Allen Children, and the Landscape
  • May 14  Gardens
  • May 21  Trees
  • May 28  The Pond
     June-Birmingham's Black History  Recent discoveries have shed light on our previously unknown Black heritage
  • June 4   Abolitionists in Birmingham
  • June 11  Early Birmingham's Native American and Black families
  • June 18  The Taylors of Birmingham and the Underground Railroad 
  • June 25   Diversity in Birmingham in the early 1900s
     July-Eating Outdoors  Barbecues and Picnics are a part of Birmingham's love of the outdoors
  • July 2 (Topics TBD)
  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23
  • July 30
     August-The Power of Water  Some of the greatest natural resources of the past --and present--are all around us.
  • August 6 (Topics TBD)
  • August 13
  • August 20
  • August 27
     September-Our Schools  Birmingham's schools are a beloved part of growing up here for old and young alike.
  • September 3 (Topics TBD)
  • September 10
  • September 17
  • September 24

Birmingham Museum Exhibits

Museum exhibits are an important way that Birmingham's cultural heritage is shared with the public.  Exhibits include both ongoing (permanent) exhibits and changing exhibits.  Exhibit displays rotate depending on theme and content, but always include objects from the museum's permanent collection.  Occasionally, items are loaned by other institutions or individuals as well.  Exhibits take a significant amount of time to plan and design.   Have an idea for an exhibit?  Send us an email to museum@bhamgov.org.   

In addition to its permanent exhibits that explore the history of Birmingham and the surrounding area, the museum hosts a variety of changing exhibits. For more information regarding current and upcoming exhibits, please contact the Museum.
View more information regarding permanent exhibits at the Birmingham  Museum.

EXHIBIT EXTENDED THROUGH 2021!

Hart-Rocket(In spite of the 2020 pandemic, the stories of Birmingham's women are not going anywhere! Our annual exhibit, Beyond Suffrage: A Look at Empowering Birmingham's Women, has just been delayed a bit. )

They didn't wait for the 19th Amendment, and they didn't stop there either. The women of Birmingham have been blazing trails since the earliest days of the town and up to the present. What makes them stand out? During 2020, the Birmingham Museum will honor the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote by sharing new research on women who took charge of their lives and their circumstances to make a better Birmingham and a better world. 

(Please note: while the Birmingham Museum was closed to the public in 2021, museum staff continued to provide exhibit-related content for our FacebookTwitter and Instagram  online platforms. This content includes photos, video shorts, and Facebook Live programs. Give us a call or email us with any questions, or just check us out by following the links above.)

Past Museum Exhibits

 mensstorescetchBirmingham: Before and After places familiar sites and people in context and in history, including an immersive Jacobson's store exhibit,  a display of  families who made a difference in Birmingham, and  a special exhibit designed by Tyler Firestone, a Seaholm High graduating senior who used museum archives to answer his question about why Birmingham developed the way it has. 

BrooksThe People of Birmingham: Celebrating 200 Years of Stories, an award-winning first ever crowd-sourced exhibit, displayed stories and photos contributed by the community in an 'of the people, by the people' spirit.  Approximately 100 exhibit panels were displayed sharing what contributors thought was an inspriring story of lesser as well as well known people of Birmingham. The museum added the contributed stories and photos to its archives. 


Victor PhotoBirmingham artist (or "image maker" as he likes to be known ) Victor Pytko has been creating multimedia works in and around Birmingham for many years, and is former board member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and former art instructor there.  Our recent exhibit, Victor Pytko, Image Maker: The Art of Science and Light, featured  his work with a twist--it incorporated objects from our collection to help explain how he uses the science of light in his pieces.  


Woodward-cars-tracks-1920'sHistory's Highway:  The Story of Woodward Avenue was a year-long exhibition that explored how this iconic highway has shaped Birmingham,  from the prehistoric past to the present and near future.  Artifacts and maps covering 10,000 years of history told the story of this amazing land route that made Birmingham and Oakland County what they are today, and will lead us into tomorrow.  View the exhibit page, or  download the exhibition.pdf flyer.   


The Creem Exhibit and Collection, part of our popular exhibition in 2014, "Sounds of Birmingham: A CommunityCREEM Magazine Cover - October 1976

of Music." This exhibition featured displays on the history of music in Birmingham - who people listened to, how they listened to it and how they took part in it. One of the highlights was an exhibit on CREEM, the famous rock 'n' roll magazine published in Birmingham in the 1970s.  Learn more about this great exhibit.  This display resulted in a great deal of attention for the museum and we are proud to announce that long time CREEM Art Director, Charlie Auringer, donated his private collection of CREEM archives and memorabilia to our museum. We will be working to put that content online in the future, but please be patient, and check back often for more information, or feel free to call the museum with any questions you may have about our new Charlie Auringer CREEM Collection.