The Birmingham Museum is Currently Open to the Public! 

    1. Intermediate reopening beginning July 1, 2021: We are open Tuesday through Friday from 1-4 pm. We will continue to provide Porch Pop Ups on Fridays as well. 
    2. Return to normal operating hours, TBD pending COVID conditions:  Tues-Sat 1 to 4 PM and the first Thursday of the month until 8 PM.  
    3. Requests for in-person presentations after June 15 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In person lectures at the Baldwin Public Library are tentatively scheduled for this fall, pending public health conditions.

Museum staff is always available for public inquiries and research questions: 
               Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM
               via phone at (248-530-1928 or 248-530-1682)
               or via email at museum@bhamgov.org

 You can also reach us through Facebook www.facebook.com/TheBirminghamMuseum, or Twitter https://twitter.com/bham_museum and we will do our best to get back to you quickly! 
We're also working to provide even more of our entertaining and educational content online, so stay tuned for updates!  


Our Mission

Mission Statement:  The Birmingham Museum will explore meaningful connections with our past, in order to enrich our community and enhance its character and sustainability. Our mission is to promote understanding of Birmingham's historical and cultural legacy through the preservation and interpretation of its ongoing story.


Parking
Enjoy 2 hours of free parking across from the Museum, at the Chester Street parking deck.  A credit card is required for entry, but no charge will be applied if the visitor exits the parking structure before the two-hour limit.  For more information, please see the following article on changes in parking procedures for the Chester Street parking deck in the Birmingham Patch.


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Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Second Thursdays of the month
1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closed holidays and also on Saturdays during holiday weekends.  

Phone: 248.530.1928

 








Leslie Pielack
Museum Director
248.530.1682

Caitlin Donnelly
Program Assistant
248-530-1685

Donna Casaceli
Museum Assistant
248.530.1683


Hours and Admission  

Hours: The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.  Appointments for research or special tours can be made outside those times in advance.

Admission: 

Adults: $7.00 
Seniors (65+): $5.00 
Students (5-18): $5.00 
Children under 5 are FREE.
Friends (Birmingham Historical Society) Members: FREE

Expanded Hours with "Second Thursdays" 
In addition to our regular schedule of Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the museum will now be open until 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month!  Check out our ongoing exhibits, enjoy our special programs, or make advance arrangements to use our research services. Regular admission pricing applies: adults, $7; seniors and students, $5; Friends members and children 5 and under, free.

SUMMER 2021-Free Porch Pop-up Exhibit Displays, Fridays 1-4 PM 
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Pop up exhibits are back every Friday through September and are fun, friendly, and totally free! Each week will feature a different aspect of a monthly theme and will include stories and objects that can be seen (and often touched) by visitors of all ages.  We're out front on the ample front porch of the Allen House from 1 to 4, so stop by, see what we've got going, and ask a question or two if you like. (Oh, we're dog friendly, too.) 

     May: The Museum's Changing Landscape  How the museum site has been used and changed over the years
  • May 7   Marion Clizbe Allen, the Allen Children, and the Landscape
  • May 14  Gardens
  • May 21  Trees
  • May 28  The Pond
     June-Birmingham's Black History  Recent discoveries have shed light on our previously unknown Black heritage
  • June 4   Abolitionists in Birmingham
  • June 11  Early Birmingham's Native American and Black families
  • June 18  The Taylors of Birmingham and the Underground Railroad 
  • June 25   Diversity in Birmingham in the early 1900s
     July-Eating Outdoors  Barbecues and Picnics are a part of Birmingham's love of the outdoors
  • July 2
  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23
  • July 30
     August-The Power of Water  Some of the greatest natural resources of the past --and present--are all around us.
  • August 6 
  • August 13
  • August 20
  • August 27
     September-Our Schools  Birmingham's schools are a beloved part of growing up here for old and young alike.
  • September 3 
  • September 10
  • September 17
  • September 24

Birmingham Museum Exhibits

Museum exhibits are an important way that Birmingham's cultural heritage is shared with the public.  Exhibits include both ongoing (permanent) exhibits and changing exhibits.  Exhibit displays rotate depending on theme and content, but always include objects from the museum's permanent collection.  Occasionally, items are loaned by other institutions or individuals as well.  Exhibits take a significant amount of time to plan and design.   Have an idea for an exhibit?  Send us an email to museum@bhamgov.org.   

In addition to its permanent exhibits that explore the history of Birmingham and the surrounding area, the museum hosts a variety of changing exhibits. For more information regarding current and upcoming exhibits, please contact the Museum.
View more information regarding permanent exhibits at the Birmingham  Museum.

EXHIBIT EXTENDED THROUGH 2021!

Hart-Rocket(In spite of the 2020 pandemic, the stories of Birmingham's women are not going anywhere! Our annual exhibit, Beyond Suffrage: A Look at Empowering Birmingham's Women, has just been delayed a bit. )

They didn't wait for the 19th Amendment, and they didn't stop there either. The women of Birmingham have been blazing trails since the earliest days of the town and up to the present. What makes them stand out? During 2020, the Birmingham Museum will honor the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote by sharing new research on women who took charge of their lives and their circumstances to make a better Birmingham and a better world. 

(Please note: while the Birmingham Museum was closed to the public in 2021, museum staff continued to provide exhibit-related content for our FacebookTwitter and Instagram  online platforms. This content includes photos, video shorts, and Facebook Live programs. Give us a call or email us with any questions, or just check us out by following the links above.)

Past Museum Exhibits

 mensstorescetchBirmingham: Before and After places familiar sites and people in context and in history, including an immersive Jacobson's store exhibit,  a display of  families who made a difference in Birmingham, and  a special exhibit designed by Tyler Firestone, a Seaholm High graduating senior who used museum archives to answer his question about why Birmingham developed the way it has. 

BrooksThe People of Birmingham: Celebrating 200 Years of Stories, an award-winning first ever crowd-sourced exhibit, displayed stories and photos contributed by the community in an 'of the people, by the people' spirit.  Approximately 100 exhibit panels were displayed sharing what contributors thought was an inspriring story of lesser as well as well known people of Birmingham. The museum added the contributed stories and photos to its archives. 


Victor PhotoBirmingham artist (or "image maker" as he likes to be known ) Victor Pytko has been creating multimedia works in and around Birmingham for many years, and is former board member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and former art instructor there.  Our recent exhibit, Victor Pytko, Image Maker: The Art of Science and Light, featured  his work with a twist--it incorporated objects from our collection to help explain how he uses the science of light in his pieces.  


Woodward-cars-tracks-1920'sHistory's Highway:  The Story of Woodward Avenue was a year-long exhibition that explored how this iconic highway has shaped Birmingham,  from the prehistoric past to the present and near future.  Artifacts and maps covering 10,000 years of history told the story of this amazing land route that made Birmingham and Oakland County what they are today, and will lead us into tomorrow.  View the exhibit page, or  download the exhibition.pdf flyer.   


The Creem Exhibit and Collection, part of our popular exhibition in 2014, "Sounds of Birmingham: A CommunityCREEM Magazine Cover - October 1976

of Music." This exhibition featured displays on the history of music in Birmingham - who people listened to, how they listened to it and how they took part in it. One of the highlights was an exhibit on CREEM, the famous rock 'n' roll magazine published in Birmingham in the 1970s.  Learn more about this great exhibit.  This display resulted in a great deal of attention for the museum and we are proud to announce that long time CREEM Art Director, Charlie Auringer, donated his private collection of CREEM archives and memorabilia to our museum. We will be working to put that content online in the future, but please be patient, and check back often for more information, or feel free to call the museum with any questions you may have about our new Charlie Auringer CREEM Collection.

 

 


Upcoming Events
 
Effective immediately, the Birmingham Museum is closed to the public until further notice
 
Museum staff is available for public inquiries and research questions: 

via phone at (248-530-1928 or 248-530-1682)
or via email at museum@bhamgov.org
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM
 
You can also reach us through Facebook www.facebook.com/TheBirminghamMuseum, or Twitter https://twitter.com/bham_museum and we will do our best to get back to you quickly!

We're also working to provide even more of our entertaining and educational content online, so stay tuned for updates! 



PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Adults and Young Adults--Interested in stories from Birmingham's past? Enjoy sharing memories of the 'not so long ago' of the area?  Always wanted to find out more about cultural curiosities and unique attributes of the city, and where they came from? Then our adult lecture series is something you should check out.  It is an increasingly popular event that brings out the best in local history and the people who made Birmingham special. The Birmingham Museum provides this seasonal series of adult lectures each spring and fall in partnership with the Baldwin Public Library.  Local historians, museum staff, authors, and other knowledgeable presenters share their passion for the fascinating topics and stories that will have you wondering what is next.  Presentations are free and take place at the library;  interested participants are asked to please register online at the library calendar at www.baldwinlib.org/calendar.  

Crop IMG_0115For Youngsters and their Families--we have a children's storytime program here at the museum on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Co-sponsored by the Baldwin Public Library, a children's librarian engages audiences in a seasonal theme with great reads from the library's children's collection. Held either in the historic Hunter House or in the Allen House at the Birmingham Museum, the program is a delightful way for families to enjoy time together in a quiet museum environment. These programs are free and open to the public, but please register online at the Baldwin Library website: www.baldwinlib.org/storytime Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  For more information, contact Caitlin Donnelly at the Birmingham Museum at 248-530-1685, or cdonnelly@bhamgov.org.

CURRENT PROGRAM OFFERINGS 
 
Winter and Spring 2020 Adult Lecture Series: "Wonder Women of Birmingham"
Thursday Evenings at 7:00 PM at the Baldwin Public Library


Birmingham wants more stories, and the Birmingham Museum has them! Throughout the year to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment,  we're focusing on some outstanding women who have made Birmingham a better place to live--even before getting the right to vote.  Please check back for additional listings in 2020.  All lectures will be held at the Baldwin Public Library and are free to the public. (Free: please register online at the library at www.baldwinlib.org/calendar.) For more information on the adult lecture series, contact Leslie Pielack at 248-530-1682.

Edna F(Event Postponed) Thursday, March 12, 7:00 PM (Rotary Room)
Early Aviation and the Ferguson Women 
(Presented by museum staff Donna Casaceli)

Birmingham raised some amazing women who took to the sky. Find out about those daring young women in their flying machines, from early bi-planes to rockets as a Mercury 13 test astronaut!




Painting early cabin in wilderness(Event Postponed) Thursday, April 9, 7:00 PM (Rotary Room)
The Three Prindle Sisters who Tamed the Wilderness 
(Presented by museum director Leslie Pielack)

They came as brides to the unknown frontier after the War of 1812, bringing little else but each other. Join us to learn how these pioneer women faced hardships to build early Birmingham.





Family Story Time Series at the Museum
Second Thursdays at 6:30 PM at the Birmingham Museum


Join us for some fun and fascinating stories and experiences led by children's librarian, Ms. Rosemary, from the Baldwin Public Library.  (Free: please register online at the  Baldwin Public Library, baldwinlib.org/calendar.