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Step back in time to the era when the word "wireless" referred to radio. Founded by and named after a retired General Electric engineer, the Don Kresge Memorial Museum features antique radios, photos and other memorabilia. Displays allow visitors to trace the development of radio technology and the history of broadcasting. Serious radio buffs may enjoy participating in swap meets or attending educational programs about refurbishing old radios, vacuum tubes and cabinets.
Located in the historic 4th Avenue Business District, this place has become a very popular venue to host jazz festivals and performances by stand-up comedians. The Carver Theater has a long history and has carved a niche in the entertainment industry. It is well-equipped with the latest in gadgets and systems. It can seat up to 500 people at one go. Some of the very best performers like Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton have performed here, and shows like the "Jazz Jam Fest", "Three more tenors workshop" and "The Craver Creep Show" are showcased here as well.
Located in the historic Carver Theatre in the Civil Rights District, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame started in 1978 as a tribute to the truly American music form. Many beloved jazz musicians got their start in Alabama, and a surprising number of these came from Birmingham. In the early 20th Century, Birmingham was a training ground for these famed musicians. See exhibits devoted to such greats as Lionel Hampton, Erskine Hawkins, Nat King Cole and Sun Ra. You can choose to tour all by yourself, or take a guided tour.
Alabama's largest city, Birmingham is nestled in the heart of Jones Valley, flanked by the Appalachian foothills. This vibrant city, once a major manufacturing hub and later one of the centers of the Civil Rights Movement, is awash with the stories of the past. The many colleges and universities that call Birmingham home have led to a strong student population that equates with a buzzing after-hours nightlife scene and an excellent number of restaurants for every budget. For outdoor enthusiasts, nature is at the doorstep, and parks like Ruffner Mountain, Rickwood Caverns and Moss Rock Parks offer plenty of outdoor adventure from mountain climbing, and hiking to biking for the fitness inclined.
With seating for over 19,000, the BJCC Arena is nothing short of impressive. The arena has an open-beam ceiling, making it an ideal venue for major events like the Southeastern Conference, Sunbelt Conference and NCAA's Mens' Football Tournament. Top artists hold concerts at this arena, and events like the Barnum & Bailey Circus have even made cameos here. Home to the Birmingham Steeldogs, the BJCC Arena is equipped with lighting, sound, scoreboard, video production and telecommunication facilities.