Updates Underway at Vulcan Park and Museum
Museum embarks on transformation projects
For nearly 112 years, Vulcan, the Roman god of the forge, has stood for Birmingham representing unity and prosperity. And, for 12 of those years, Vulcan Park and Museum has served as a unique experience and gathering place for the Birmingham community as well as for many thousands of visitors that are welcomed annually. Much to the excitement of Vulcan Park Foundation and the staff of Vulcan Park and Museum, our visitors and patrons have proven that they want more of Vulcan! Over the next few months, Vulcan Park and Museum, along with the City of Birmingham, is embarking on several rejuvenation projects that will better meet the needs of our visitors and far exceed their expectations.
A Snapshot of Growth:
The museum gift shop inside Vulcan Center has more than exceeded its original goals. Demand for Birmingham souvenirs and Vulcan branded items have confirmed that an expansion to the museum store is necessary. The development underway will triple the space allowing for the capability to offer our visitors and the community a greater opportunity to take home a piece of Vulcan and Birmingham as well as another option to shop local. This new shop will appropriately be donned “The Anvil: Gifts Forged in Alabama, Loved Everywhere.”
Additionally, the demand to visit the park alone has surpassed anticipations of what could be when the park reopened in 2004. To better welcome our visitors, a new, state-of-the-art ticket booth will be built at the entrance of the park and the visitor information desk inside the museum, operated by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be renovated in a new, modern style.
Still Standing for Birmingham:
Although progress will be underway over the next few months, Vulcan is still standing! During this facelift, Vulcan Park and Museum will continue to operate under its regular hours in order to meet 100% of our visitors’ expectations. However, there may be some times when the complete museum experience will not be fully available. In that case, visitors and patrons will be informed in advance and during their visit. A temporary gift shop has been set up at the entrance of the park to continue to provide quality Vulcan merchandise and Birmingham related goods. Vulcan Park and Museum’s private event space, the Electra room, will still be fully functional during this process.
Vulcan Center Museum and Temporary Gift Shop: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Observation Tower: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 10 pm
Vision For the Future:
When Vulcan Park Foundation reopened Vulcan Park and Museum in 2004, one comprehensive mission was crafted to lay the groundwork for the future of the organization and to pave the way for its enormous potential:
To preserve and promote Vulcan as the symbol for the Birmingham region, to advance knowledge and understanding of Birmingham’s history and culture, and to encourage exploration of the region.
With progress underway, this mission still holds true and will not be compromised, only enhanced. Upon completion, visitors will have an incredible new local shop to explore and a better facility to enrich their Vulcan experience.