Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. The city is the county seat of Jefferson County. The city's population was 111,137 according to the 2010 United States Census. Birmingham was founded in 1871, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, through the merger of three pre-existing farm towns, notably, former Elyton. Birmingham has hot summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall. Birmingham is the cultural and entertainment capital of Alabama with numerous art galleries in the area including the Birmingham Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Southeast. Downtown Birmingham is currently experiencing a cultural and economic rejuvenation, with several new independent shops and restaurants opening in the area. Birmingham is home to numerous cultural festivals showcasing music, films, and regional heritage.