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“Great place to visit. Lots of history! Free!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alabama Department of Archives and History

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Ranked #10 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!
Atlanta, Georgia
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144 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great place to visit. Lots of history! Free!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

I highly recommend visiting here. It's free, it was air conditioned and it had many history exhibits to see and read about. There is a room for kids, they can try on clothes and hats and such from the old days. Lots of antiques and such.

My kids are little and they found it interesting as well!

Visited June 2012
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st augustine, fl
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great stuff here.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

They have a new display for the American indian which is top notch for its variety of artifacts, lots of info on the civil rights movement too as well as civil war artifacts.

Visited May 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
“helptul staff!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

The staff were supportive, knowledgeable, and eager to assist me in my research. I'm grateful for the online and advance support I received. My work during my visit was incredibly efficient because of the work I was able to do before actually arriving in Montgomery.

Visited May 2012
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cedar rapids
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36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Very Nice Staff but limited exhibits.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012

The staff was very nice but almost too nice as you could not get away from the
retired man to see the exhibits. Very limited exhitis but a neat building. We would only
visit if we had time.

Visited March 2012
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Metro Atlanta
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“An educational visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

I liked the way the pictures of the civil rights movement were shown. Don't miss it on the second floor. Learned a lot about the American Indians from that region.

Visited March 2012
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