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 products, and the people who ran the furnaces and built the city.
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark began as a museum in 1983 providing visitors with a unique experience and valuable insight into Birmingham’s industrial past. We continually strive to create the best experience possible to all our visitors and guests. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your time here more enjoyable and educational.
Visiting Sloss Furnaces:
When you visit Sloss Furnaces, please sign in at the Visitor Center. There you will get a self-guided tour brochure which will lead you around the site as you learn about how iron was made, the working conditions and stories of the men who worked there, and its importance to Birmingham. Inside the Visitor Center you can watch our introductory video, read storyboards of Sloss history, visit the Gift Shop, and browse the gallery filled with local art.
PLEASE NOTE: the self-guided tour takes place almost entirely outside, so please plan accordingly.
Karen R. Utz
Metal Arts Program Operations Manager