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“the world's largest cast iron statue”
Vulcan, Birmingham Alabama's colossal statue is the world's largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904, it has overlooked the urban landscape of Alabama's largest city since the 1930s.But by 1999, the 50-ton statue was in desperate need of repair. The surrounding 10-acre park was closed. Vulcan was removed from his pedestal. Realizing Vulcan's importance to the region's history, city leaders sought public support for its restoration, forming the non-profit Vulcan Park Foundation. The foundation would oversee a master plan to return this colossal statue to his 1904 grandeur.But there was much more. They would also create a dynamic educational park complex interpreting Alabama's rich industrial history for both residents and visitors from across the globe.Today, thanks to public-private partnerships and a $15.5 million campaign, this beloved symbol of Birmingham and the nation's iron and steel industry stands preserved and proud as the centerpiece of it rehabilitated and expanded park, now referred to as Vulcan Park and Museum. Meet Vulcan and learn the fascinating history that makes him so significant to Birmingham!
First time going, the view was pretty overlooking the city. Museum had a quick history review. If your afraid of heights don't look down once at the top of the Vulcan! Overall nice experience. Read more
DON'T LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF! Vulcan Park and museum has been on my list for a while now, I live so close by it is honestly so shocking I have never been. Vulcan is a staple to the Birmingham... Read more
I like the diversity of activities available at Vulcan Park and Museum; there's a little bit of everything here, and while this is the only "attraction" I've been to in Birmingham, I would say... Read more
Vulcan Park and Museum
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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