I stopped by the Birmingham Museum of Art on my way through Alabama. I saw that admission was free while looking online, so I decided to check it out. I arrived at around 9:00 AM. The museum had not yet open when I got there. I had forgotten to adjust my clock to compensate for the change in time zone. To kill time I walked around the convention center located one blocked away. Then I sat in the Sheraton Hotel and enjoyed the air conditioning.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is not a very large museum. There are only two floors and a limited number of exhibits. In the courtyard is a sculpture garden with a few statues and metal sculptures. On the inside, exhibits are categorized by regions. The first floor has exhibits containing Italian, European, and American art. Upstairs has exhibits on African, Asian, and Native American art as well as a huge collection of ceramics. Besides the permanent exhibits, there are also special exhibits which continually change. On the day that I visited, there was a special exhibit called the Third Space, which contained Modern Art.
Some of my favorites were the paintings in the Italian exhibit. I also enjoyed the marble sculptures in the American section. In the Native American exhibit, I saw a totem pole carved out of wood. There were samurai swords and armor in the Japanese exhibit, and in the Chinese exhibit, there was a giant block of Jade that you can touch.
Overall, I can definitely recommend it. It is a small Museum. You can see everything in about half a day. It is worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. There are no tickets to buy, but there is a donation block if you want to donate a few dollars to support the arts.
While you are in the area, think about visiting Sloss Furnaces, another free attraction.