Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

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Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau

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1631 4th Ave N.

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Museums, Sightseeing, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.3scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The art deco Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is located in the Carver Theatre in the heart of the Civil Rights District. Exhibits honor Alabama jazz greats, including Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Beyond its collection of memorabilia and personal effects, the theater also presents shows by local jazz artists and comedians. The theater itself also plays a significant role in the city's civil rights history: it was one of several theaters offering first-run movies to African Americans.

Recent visitors called this small museum "a hidden jewel" and a must-see for jazz fans. However, some were disappointed with its petite size (it spans more than 2,200 square feet). But with an entrance fee of just $2, most travelers say it's an enjoyable stop to see memorabilia, ranging from Ray Charles' piano to Ella Fitzgerald's Neiman Marcus credit card. 

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for self-guided tours cost $2 per person; guided tours will set you back $5 each. Guided tours are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the museum and special events, visit the hall of fame's website.

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To learn more about Birmingham's role in the civil rights movement, plan a visit to the Civil Rights District. This six-block area in downtown Birmingham encompasses several historic sites, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, the A.G. Gaston Gardens and the Fourth Avenue Business District, among other points of interest.

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