Birmingham Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: A fine regional museum with a nationally- recognized collection of international distinguished art from ancient eras to modern times. Included are a sculpture garden, Asian art collection, contemporary art collection, 18th century French painting. You might find yourself drawn to the Native American Art Collection. There is a Terrace Cafe onsite.
ADMISSION: Free, except for blockbuster events
PARKING: Free behind the building; additional paid parking across the street
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 12p-5p
ADDRESS: 2000 Eighth Avenue North, Birmingham, AL MAP
PHONE: 205-254-2565 or 2566
Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1927 by Paramount Studios as a movie palace, it lasted in that function for 55 years. In 1987, the bankrupt theatre was purchased by a non-profit corporation who transitioned it to become the wonderful venue that today hosts concerts – including Will Downing, other performing arts, and special film presentations. In 1998, it was restored to its 1927 grandeur with all the sparkling gold leaf, fancy organ chambers and more.
ADMISSION: varies by concert
PARKING: downtown garages
DAYS & HOURS: dates varies by show, but shows usually start at 7:30p or 8p
ADDRESS: 1817 Third Avenue North, Birmingham, AL MAP
Bare Hands Gallery
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1996 as a non-profit art gallery supporting Alabama artists, it features regular exhibits of contemporary visual arts, the gallery hosts discussions, workshops, musical performances and evening yoga classes.
PARKING: on street
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 11a-6p
ADDRESS: 109 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd South, Birmingham, AL MAP