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Alabama Department of Archives and History

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Address: 624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
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+1 334-242-4435

The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) has been the home of...

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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Great Look at Alabama History

This is a very well organized museum that covers the history of Alabama from its earliest settlers through today. There are artifacts, movies and informative signage on so many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dini O
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very well organized museum that covers the history of Alabama from its earliest settlers through today. There are artifacts, movies and informative signage on so many different subjects. If you're like me and love museums, plan on spending several hours here. Even if you're not a huge museum fan, you'll probably find something here that interests you... More 

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Xenia, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent exhibit on the history of Alabama from the arrival of Europeans until today (pre European history was in another exhibit). Interesting connections with Andrew Jackson. And Tecumseh even got a mention.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This place has something for everyone. The historians are friendly, and happy to provide with informatiion. There is a great children's area, and the Voices exhibit is very moving.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

A must see if you are interested in the history of Alabama. The museum has a lot of videos for those of us that get tired of reading. It shows the history of Alabama from the Indians through the current times So interesting for everyone

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decatur ga
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Very interesting free museum On the history of Alabama. Found it interesting, no mention Of Helen Keller or the fabulous Tallulah Bankhead.

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AlabamaHistory, Public Relations Manager at Alabama Department of Archives and History, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and we are so glad that you enjoyed the Museum of Alabama! You may have missed the photographs of Helen Keller and Tallulah Bankhead on the exhibit's "Quilt of Alabamians" when you first enter the exhibit. Look for them the next time you visit! They are two great Alabama women who play important roles in our... More 

Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is a truly amazing museum. I don't even know where to start. It covers EVERYTHING Alabama. Sports, wildlife, Civil War, and the very start of the Civil rights movement. There is so much more, I couldn't remember to list. IN any event', GO THERE, you'll really be glad you did. We spent 4 hours there, and could have spent... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We found the museum very interesting but unfortunately didn't have enough time to do it justice. I would definitely recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I took students to Montgomery to see the Capitol and visit historical spots from the Civil Rights Movement. One of the State Troopers in Capitol suggested that we visit the State Archives. I was amazed at the "Alabama Voices" exhibit. From Native Americans to Colonization to the Civil War to the Great Depression to WWII to modern day Alabama icons,... More 

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Killen, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Very nice with hands on kids room. It had lots of information about Alabama very nice displays it was 3 storys so spend

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

To be free, I can't complain. We went in on a whim and it had a lot of information, more than I expected, but I think we've just been to too many state museums and it felt a little redundant. It would be a good place to take older kids though. There's a lot of displays for older kids and... More 

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