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“Digging up Bones” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alabama Department of Archives and History

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Ranked #8 of 67 things to do in Montgomery
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) has been the home of Alabama history for more than a century. It is the nation's oldest state-funded, independent archival and historical agency. Located in downtown Montgomery across the street from the capitol, the ADAH is the official government records repository for the state, a private collections library and research facility, and also home to the Museum of Alabama, the state's history museum. The Museum of Alabama is the only destination where you can explore Alabama's past from prehistory to the present. Permanent exhibitions at the Museum of Alabama include The Land of Alabama, introducing the geology and natural resources that helped shape the state's history, and The First Alabamians, featuring artifacts, murals, and a diorama that tell the inspiring story of fourteen thousand years of Native American culture. An entirely new centerpiece exhibition called Alabama Voices opened in February 2014. This exhibition covers the dramatic unfolding of Alabama history from the dawn of the 1700s to the beginning of the 21st century. More than 800 artifacts, hundreds of images and documents, and twenty-two audiovisual programs tell the story of struggles over the land, the rise of a cotton economy, the Civil War, industrialization, world wars, civil rights, the race to the moon, and more. Voices taken from diaries, letters, speeches, songs, and other sources convey the experiences of Alabamians who lived through and shaped the history of these periods. The Museum of Alabama provides interactive educational resources for children and families in the Hands-On-Gallery and Grandma's Attic. Here, families and children can dress in period costumes, play with toys from bygone eras, make their own crafts, listen to stories, and much more. The Museum of Alabama is open Monday-Saturday, 8:30-4:30 and admission is always FREE! Visit our Research Room, open Tuesday-Friday and the second Saturday of each month from 8:30-4:30, to learn more about your family's contribution to Alabama's history. Get expert guidance from our staff, work with original records and online resources, and start building your family tree. Come find your story!
Birmingham, Alabama
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“Digging up Bones”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2011

Love this place. We hold our October meetings here for the Alabama Genealogical Society each year. I also visit several times a year to research, attend Architreats, seminars, etc.

Visited October 2011
Thank Bette W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Interesting and enlightening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2011

Have been here several times over the years. Staff have always been very good. Only negatives: the parking is hard to find due to this is downtown and amidst the state buildings, And be careful of streets you come upon because alot of these are one-way and during rush hrs and lunchtime the traffic is fast and courtesy goes out the window. Still well worth the visit.

Thank corona08
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Madison, Mississippi
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“Don't forget to visit Grandma's Attic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2011

I have 5 children ages 3 to 13. Grandma's Attic is on the second floor of the Alabama Department of Archives and History building. It a fantastic, "hands-on" collection of antique everyday items that children can "try out" or a trunk full of dresses the girls can play "dress- up" . The boys even have old military or band uniforms they can try on and play pretend. There is a real typewriter, old phones, tin dishes, just to name a few "real" items they can play with. If you want to learn a little local history they have "discovery" bins you can pick through and investigate. There is a wooden train and two " real" phone booths to climb into and make a call! If you want to "scissor and glue" you can make your own miniature " patch work quilt". Next door on the same floor you will find an amazing collection of local Indian artifacts and civil war uniforms, weapons and flags, etc. This wonderful experience will cost you nothing but a couple of hours of fun!

Visited August 2010
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