A National Historic Landmark


A lot more than iron flowed from those furnaces.

Our whole culture did. Our whole way of life.

Sloss Furnaces was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world. It stands today just as it did in the late 19th century — a monument to the Industrial Revolution. With its web of pipes and towering stoves, this unique National Historic Landmark provides visitors a glimpse into Birmingham’s rich industrial heritage. It stands with pride and is a symbol of where the “Magic” began for Birmingham.

Sloss Furnaces operated from 1882-1970 making it the longest continually running blast furnace in Birmingham’s history. We invite you to come visit and learn about the materials, the process, the products, and the people who ran the furnaces and built this city.

We offer self-guided tours throughout the week as well as guided tours most Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm.

Our museum is free to enter during normal business hours. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit more enjoyable and educational.

When you arrive, please come see us in our Visitor Center where you can pick up your self-guided tour brochure, watch a short video, read storyboards, look at exhibits, and visit our gift shop. While you are here, please do not climb on any structures as this is a danger to you and our site. Thank you.

Bag Policy for Concerts and Special Events



Visit our directions page for a detailed explanation on how to get to our site–as well as how to get around a train if it is blocking the road.

2019 Closure Dates

Sloss Furnaces is closed every Monday and follows the City of Birmingham holiday schedule for holiday closures. We also have several events throughout the year that limit public access to the site. Please visit this page before you plan your trip to Sloss Furnaces.


Volunteers are crucial to the success of of our museum. With different options, flexible schedules, and great benefits there is something for everyone at Sloss Furnaces.