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“Interesting Americana and Kitsch”

Museum of East Alabama
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Opelika
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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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516 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
“Interesting Americana and Kitsch”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Trying to kill some time in Opelika I happened upon the East Alabama Museum and stopped in. There is no fee but donations are accepted. The curator was very friendly and we talked for a while. The museum has some interesting pieces from all aspects of civilian and military life. Some are rural and most relate to East Alabama but there are some wartime pieces that are intertwined with the POW Camp Opelika, which I found to be very interesting. There are tools and large pieces of machinery, glass, porcelain, pottery, china, maps, surgical items, kitchen items, Alabama indestructible dolls, childrens' toys. All in all I was surprised at the amount and the quality of what was in the museum. You too would be surprised If you didn't know it had been hiding in Opelika all along. It is a good stop for an hour and you will be pleasantly surprised at what you see inside this museum.

Visited January 2014
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Opelika, Alabama
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110 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very cool!”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

This isn't a fancy museum, but it is definitely a must see if you are in the area. Lots of interesting items of all sorts--agricultural, musical, military, Native American, medical, sports... The museum is free but does accept donations to help keep things going. A must see place in the Opelika historic district.

Visited March 2013
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Opelika, Alabama
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34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Heritage of East Alabama”
Reviewed 13 June 2012

seeing history of the area. I donated a chair (milking) which belonged to my grandfather who was from Eufaula and graduated from API in 1900
in mechanical engineering.

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1 Thank Anne C
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Auburn, Alabama
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180 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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“Take your kids for a trip back in time......”
Reviewed 13 August 2011

We just love this local treasure. This museum does NOT charge admission. How often do you come across that, especially in this economy.? They only accept gracious donations. Our young child really enjoys coming here year after year as he grows and develops new intrests.

This museum has a section for antique toys and dolls and they are currently expanding their exhibits for a more descriptive engaging experience of Lee County's earlier days.

They now have a nice Native American section as well as a wonderfully accurate example of a kitchen of 100 years ago. My husband and I think that this is great for kids because they get to see right in front of them what life was like in the era when their grandparents (or in some cases great-grandparents ;) were kids themselves.

Definietly come, get out and get entertained by a leisure stroll around the museum for a really neat blast from the past! The staff is friendly, the place is well maintained, and this is such a nice way to spend some quality family fun time together.

Visited June 2011
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