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“Very Disappointing”

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!
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Very Disappointing”
Reviewed 3 September 2014

There wasn't much to look at. The only thing my husband wanted to see was old war photographs and that door was locked.

Visited August 2014
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AlabamaHistory, Public Relations Manager at Alabama Department of Archives and History, responded to this review, 9 September 2014
We regret that you did not have a good experience during your visit to the Museum of Alabama. It may be the case that you did not receive good directions to our permanent exhibitions. The newest of these, Alabama Voices, provides a thorough overview of 300 years of Alabama history, including images of Alabamians who served in conflicts ranging from the Creek War of 1813-14 to the Persian Gulf War. Please visit us again when you are in the area. Any staff member will be happy to orient you and to answer any questions you may have.
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Opp, Alabama
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Very informative”
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Not being born in Alabama, i learned quite a bit of Alabama history from the beginning to the present. Staff very friendly and helpful. Great place for a school field trip.

Visited August 2014
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Montgomery, Texas
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53 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Alabama's Crown Jewel”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Alabama is a championship kind of state. Our legacy of passion and heart to be the best is displayed in a proud profound honest and historic presentation. We are Alabama and proud of our legacy.Love,hurt, and healing we move forward.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Lanierpoet
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Gainesville, Florida
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“Lots of genealogy information available”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

This is a beautiful building with a lot of sources information for people looking for information on their ancestors in Alabama. The people who work there are extremely kind, courteous, and helpful to people who visit. I was very pleased by how warmly we were received.

Visited July 2014
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Northport, Alabama
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126 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Takes you through History”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The history and personalities of Alabama are on display. You can learn from studying the past. Historic documents, personal effects and historic events depicted here helps you understand Alabama.

Visited July 2014
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