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Vulcan Park and Museum is operated by Vulcan Park Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve Vulcan as a symbol for Birmingham, provide a dynamic educational experience in a public park setting, and serve as the gateway to the region.
Vulcan - Birmingham's colossal statue, cast from local iron in 1904 - is one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Since the late 1930's it has stood as a beacon overlooking the city it symbolizes for both residents and visitors. But after many years atop Red Mountain, in 1999, dangerous deterioration threatened it's survival. Today, thanks to a public-private partnership and the outrstanding leadership of Vulcan Park Foundation, this beloved symbol of Birmingham's early history and the nation's iron and steel industry stands preserved and proud.
With it's re-opening in March 2004, Vulcan Park and Museum forged a new mission that emphasizes education and community outreach, and that bolsters regional economic development and civic pride. Vulcan Park and Museum houses the city's only comprehensive history museum, a changing exhibit gallery, administrative offices, a visitor information center operated by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau and a popular private event facility.
Since re-opening, Vulcan Park and Museum has had a significant positive impact - to more than 500,000 visitors from all 50 states and more than 80 countries whose perception of Birmingham is now one of a progressive city, with a rich history and abundant resources - and to those of us who call Birmingham home who have been infused with a renewed sense of pride for this great city. No longer simply a park a statue overlooking Birmingham, today Vulcan Park and Museum is now a world-class facility that shares our inspiring history with ALL visitors.
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