• Vulcan Park and Museum - Birmingham, Alabama

      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      Designed by an Italian artist and forged from local iron, this statue of the Roman god Vulcan made its first public appearance at the legendary World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904, where it won a grand prize. In 1936 it was moved to its new stone pedestal atop Red Mountain, where it has stood ever since, except for a few years when it was removed for refurbishing. AT 56 feet it is the largest cast iron statue in the world. The surrounding park provides the best view of the city you'll find, as well as several informative placards about the history of Birmingham. An elevator attached to the pedestal allows you to ride up even higher. The adjacent museum has exhibits relating to the history of both the city and statue.

      If you go:
      Park open daily. Museum and observation elevator are closed on major holidays. The museum, which charges admission, is open from 10 to 6. The observation tower, which is included in paid admission, is open 10 to 10.


      1701 Valley View Drive
      Birmingham, Alabama 35209 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Vulcan Museum
      +1 (205) 933-1409