Whether you are simply passing through the city or have lived here all your life, we encourage you to explore this amazing landmark.
Please note that all tours take place outdoors. Wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothes and shoes suited for walking outdoor. Closed-toe shoes are preferred for tours. Iron pours require closed-toed shoes and long pants.
Self-guided tour information and an educational film is available in the Visitor Center. The Self-guided tour information will lead you through the site while explaining the areas and machinery you see. Typically, it takes visitors about one hour to tour the site.
Public-guided tours are FREE and take place most Saturdays. Tour starts at 1:00 p.m. and lasts about one hour. You can come as an individual or bring your entire family. No reservations required. Please contact us at (205) 254-2254 to ensure a tour guide will be available.
If you would like to bring a group for a field trip, please contact Nicole Herzog (205) 254-2254 or email email@example.com.
In the event of inclement weather your tour &/or iron pour will be rescheduled.
We offer two different types of field trips:
Field Trip-guided tour
The tour consists of an educational film and touring the site to learn about the raw ingredients, how the furnace worked, the importance of Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham’s iron and steel industry and what it was like to be a worker during production. Students experience the site by visiting the underground stock tunnel where the ingredients were loaded in the blast furnace, the blower engine room that dates back to the 1890s, and the base of the blast furnace to see where the molten hot iron flowed for 90 years.
$ 4.00 per person (Teachers are free.)
15 person minimum
Approximately one hour
Field Trip-guided tour with Iron Pour
In addition to the tour mentioned above, students make their very own piece of cast iron art. Students etch their own design in a sand mold, see the film and tour the site. They complete their visit in our metal arts foundry to watch a live iron pour and see the molten hot iron flow into the mold they designed. Students take their cast iron art home the same day. A unique experience, allowing students to experience the sights, sounds and smells of iron casting.
$17.00 per student & $5.00 per chaperone* (Teachers are free.)
*If chaperones would like to make cast-iron art, the cost is $17.00 per chaperone.
Your school may be scheduled with additional groups
Approximately two hours
(All education field trips are in accordance to the Alabama State Curriculum. You may review our Teacher’s Handbook: Teacher Handbook. This will help you prepare for your visit.)
OTHER EDUCATIONAL HAPPENINGS
Sloss Furnaces has had the opportunity to work with local universities and other museum partners to host geological digs, conduct over 100 oral histories, and contribute to periodicals, journals and publications. If you would like to collaborate with us in any way, please contact Curator and Historian Karen Utz at 205.254.2025 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
LET US VISIT YOU: SLOSS SPEAKERS BUREAU
If you need a presentation for your library, organization, luncheon, etc. Contact us! Sloss Furnaces Curator and Historian, Karen Utz, speaks to groups about topics such as:
- Sloss Furnaces: The Industrial Evolution of Birmingham’s Iron Plantation
- A Sense of Place: Like It Ain’t Never Passed-Life in Sloss Quarters
- The Role of Convict Labor in the Industrial Development of Birmingham
- Music of the Mines, Mills, and Railroads of the Birmingham District
- Tuxedo Junction: Alabama Contribute to American Jazz
We can also host these talks at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark if your group would like to visit us.
For more information about these topics or to book a presentation, contact Karen Utz at (205) 254-2281 or email email@example.com.