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“An unforgettable visit to industrial America of yesteryear.”

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Ranked #13 of 71 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Historic iron manufacturing facility
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is an old (1890-1980) iron-smelting complex, which put Birmingham on the map 100 years ago. It was fortunately preserved intact as a museum.
You can wander around at will, viewing and photographing the huge old boilers, flywheels, furnaces, and smokestacks at will. There s a small museum (with gift shop) that puts it all into perspective.

Even kids will oooh and aaah over the impressive sights. And it's free !

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank rollingstoneman
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

This was something different and we thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a small museum with some historical information and artifacts. We were given a self-guided tour map and brochure which was very useful as we wandered about on the boardwalks. Seeing the furnaces and learning about the men who worked them was a remarkable experience.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Evelyn C
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

On a bus tour, our local tour guide took us to the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. The tour included a tour of their museum, a short movie and a tour guide of the actual Sloss Steel Manufacturing Facility which has been inactive since the early 70's. The walking tour was narrated by a very knowledgeable young man who loved to answer questions and share his knowledge of this wonderful Birmingham Historical Site.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Addison F
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Deeply rooted in Birmingham history and Southern industrialization, Sloss Furnaces is a beautiful preservation of a time past and testament to those who labored here and helped build the Magic City. It is like no place we have visited. The museum stands today just as it did in the late 19th century and is a monument to the Industrial Revolution. Start in the visitor center, the video and information they provide is very helpful for your exploration around the open-air museum. You are able to walk through the museum viewing the pipes and stoves where men ran the furnaces in terrible conditions to produce pig iron. It is eerie, beautiful, and appears today almost as a large art installation commemorating the people and process of this time. We enjoyed it immensely and hope to return again soon.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank SouthernReverie
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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Very informative educational and learn what made Birmingham the Magic City it was known to be pay as you go for wish a lot of walking to see the crowns as it existed anything still intact definitely a must see if in Birmingham

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank 993markd
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