Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham
The statue of the Roman god of the Forge, Vulcan is the unofficial symbol of the city of Birmingham. The 56-foot statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world, and was created for the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. It now sits on a 124-foot pedestal atop Red Mountain, and offers a breathtaking view of the city of Birmingham. The Vulcan Center (where you pay for admission) also has an interesting museum, which includes a scale model of Vulcan's foot (six feet long!). You can ride up the elevator to the top of the pedestal, or else walk up the stairs. Once there, you see a beautiful (but vertigo-inducing) view (the walkway is a grate, so you can see the ground below - it made my knees weak!).
There are picnic areas around the statue and visitors center, and go to the website for a discount coupon (Buy one daytime admission, get the second half-off).
birmingham's vulcan statue is a symbol of it's iron and steel manufacting past. this cast iron statue was sculpted by giuesppe moretti in 1903 for the 1904 st. louis world's fair. vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world and the 7 th tallest statue in the united states. vulcan was placed on it's present location on the top of red mountain in 1936 as a WPA project. today at vulcan park you can walk up to a viewing area on vulcan's pedestal for a great view of downtown birmingham. vulcan park also has a visitor center and a museum.
Vulcan Park is home to the world's largest cast iron statue and features spectacular panoramic views of Birmingham. We tell the story of Birmingham's past, present and promise for the future.
Whether you are a guest to the Magic City or a Birmingham native, we invite you to visit our 10-acre grounds with free WiFi Internet access, experience the area from Vulcan's view, or tour Vulcan Center to learn Birmingham's past, present and promise for the future.