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.
Hours of Operation
a. Vulcan Park Grounds:
Daily 7 am - 10 pm
b. Vulcan Center Museum:
Monday through Saturday 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday 1- 6 pm.
c. Vulcan Observation Balcony:
Monday through Saturday 10 am - 10 pm and Sunday 1 pm - 10 pm.
d. Vulcan Gift Shop
Monday through Saturday 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday 1- 6 pm. Located inside Vulcan Center Museum.
We wandered around the little park attached to the statue/museum complex, but never got around to paying the money to get into the museum itself. The statue was shut down to tourists because of a thunderstorm warning - they don't let people into the statue itself when there may be lightning. I'd say it was worth the drive to see the famous statue up close, but probably not worth the extra money to get into the museum with little kids. And you can already see all of Birmingham from the park itself - why pay extra to go another 40 or so feet in the air?
What do you mean "What's Vulcan?"! It's only the largest cast iron statue in the world (56 feet tall, thank you!), a likeness of the Roman god Vulcan, god of the fire and forge.
It also has the distinction of being the seventh-tallest free-standing statue in the United States.
Chew on that.
It was created as Birmingham's entry for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 World's Fair) in St. Louis, Missouri, but has recently been remodeled and made extra educational.
Not only can you ride an elevator up to an observation deck near Vulcan's feet for magnificent views of the Birmingham skyline, there is also a very well put together museum about Birmingham (the Magic City!), the steel industry, and Vulcan. The museum has activities and even worksheets for kids, such as a scavenger hunt.
Vulcan Park is 10 acres of urban green space. And it has free Wi-Fi. Something for everyone!