The Sloss furnaces in Birmingham offers a rustic insight in to the history of Alabama’s industrial might . Once a bustling giant of the pig iron industry, it now serves as a unique and intriguing tourist attraction, where visitors are permitted to roam freely around the grounds.
Architects, engineers, photographers, metal artists and videographers will be in a sensory dreamland. This off the beaten path attraction provides a close and personal view of what it was like to work at the furnaces during its time (1882-1971). You even have the opportunity to experience pouring molten iron.
In addition to normal visits there’s an annual music festival aptly named, Sloss Fest, which normally takes place around mid July. If you’re looking for something entirely different for a wedding, party or event. This is a location worth considering. They have multiple venues available for private parties and receptions. Naturally these are not free of charge.
There’s a gift shop available but please note they only accept cash and checks.
Education orientated guided tours are available for groups of 15 or more, unfortunately due to the extra work load, these are paying services, but they’re very reasonably priced at $5 per student and teachers go free.
They also run metal arts workshops, you can find out more at slossmetalarts.com.
Being a national landmark standard entry to the furnaces is free of charge. Donations are gratefully accepted and I encourage all our readers to make a small donation if you make the trip to the furnaces.
The furnaces are closed on Monday and otherwise open from 10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12pm-4pm on Sundays.