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“Wealth of info”

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Ranked #9 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!
san diego, california
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Wealth of info”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

A beautiful building, looked like a museum you'd find in Wash DC. The museum has wonderful displays from the earliest beginnings to current times and covers the good and difficult times in the city as learning experiences. Educational and informative with so much to offer all age groups.

Visited May 2014
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Learning experience”
Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

This museum gives you a chance to learn all the history of the state, right up to modern times. The exhibits were really interesting...me and my husband enjoyed watching the videos that were dotted around and then looking at the items on display so we could put them in context.
The area about the Civil War and the period just after was really interesting. And this is all free! They have a great gift shop with very tasteful gifts and books and the man on the front desk talked us through our visit...we even managed to avoid a big school tour!
Well worth a visit

Visited May 2014
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Alabama History Museum”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Do not let the title fool you. This is the history museum for the state of Alabama and not just some bureaucratic building. A huge metal sculpture of the state of Alabama lays out front depicting sites and events all across the state. This is only the beginning of a journey through this great state that starts from the land itself to prehistory times through colonization, the Civil War, up to the present. Yes last year's Bo Jackson bike tour items are already on display. Spacious gift shop on the ground floor and children's area in grandma's attic above.

Visited March 2014
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Vancouver, Washington
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“They close too soon!”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

A very good museum to get a general overview of the State. Natural history, geology & geography on a well photographed video, cultural beginnings, and... not enough time to get through the entire museum. Good grief, they closed at 4PM! Start early, and come back to see it all. The price is right...free. And the old archive building is amazing. They built this place in the 1930's to store old records? Amazing what fiscal responsibility in government can achieve.

Visited April 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Museum of Alabama”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

The second floor of the building houses the exhibits and museum. The "Voices" exhibit is brand new and is comparable to a high end museum. Highly recommend a visit.

Visited April 2014
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