Birmingham arts and cultural facilities announce reopening plans

The City of Birmingham’s art and cultural facilities have reopened or will reopen soon

Birmingham arts and cultural facilities, which have been closed since March because of COVID-19, have reopened or will reopen soon.

Visitors are required to wear a face covering at the facilities. Hand sanitizer or hand sanitizing stations will be located at all venues.

Operating hours for visitors have also been reduced to allow for deep cleaning.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
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1. Birmingham Botanical Gardens

  • Reopened June 15. Click to read details.
  • Occupancy is 50% of venue’s overall capacity.
  • Call to make reservations: 205-414-3908 or 205-414-3909
  • Address: 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

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Sloss Furnaces
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2. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

  • Reopened Saturday, Sept. 26
  • Self-guided and guided (docent) tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. By appointment only. Max amount of people will be 25 for private events and 10 for self-guided and guided (docent) tours.
  • Gallery and gift shop will be open.
  • Phone: 205-254-2254
  • Address: 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222

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Birmingham Museum of Art to Reopen

3 Birmingham Museum of Art

  • To reopen, Tuesday, Oct. 6. Read the original article here.
  • Will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Attendance limited to 50% of venue’s overall capacity.
  • The museum’s gift shop will be open. Check with museum on shop’s operating hours.
  • Face coverings will be sold in the gift store.
  • Three exhibitions are slated for opening in October.
  • No in-person programming until further notice.
  • All touch screens have been removed.
  • Oscar’s Café and Bart’s ArtVenture will remain closed until further notice.
  • Phone: 205-254-2565
  • Address: 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

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southern museum of flight

4. Southern Museum of Flight

  • To reopen Tuesday, Oct. 6
  • Will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Self-guided tours in main exhibit galleries. No guided tours.
  • Children’s play area, computer area and hands-on exhibits remain closed.
  • Gift shop and outdoor picnic area will be open.
  • Attendance limited to 50% of venue’s overall capacity.
  • Phone: 205-833-8226
  • Address: 4343 73rd St N, Birmingham, AL 35206

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Things to do in Birmingham
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5. Negro Southern League Museum

  • To reopen Tuesday, Oct. 6
  • Operating hours are as follows:
    • Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Self-guided tours, by reservation only.
  • Limited capacity for museum. Attendance limited to 75 people for events.
    Phone: 205-581-3040
    Address: 120 16th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute0

6. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

  • To reopen Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase timed-entry tickets online only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Address: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

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(Source: Birmingham Botanical Gardens)

7. Birmingham Parks and Rec

  • Reopened June 15. Read info here.
  • Occupancy is 50% of venue’s overall capacity.
  • Still no basketball at parks or rec centers.
  • 10 rec centers are currently open, including:
    • Oxmoor Valley
    • Fountain Heights
    • Central Park
    • Memorial Park
    • Highland Park
    • Fitness Center North
    • McAlpine
    • Ensley
    • East Pinson Valley
    • Martin Luther King Jr.

The Park and Rec Board will vote on Oct. 7 about reopening other rec centers.

  • To make reservations at parks call 205-254-2556.

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