We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Alabama Department of Archives and History

624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
+1 334-242-4435
Review Highlights
Really nice state history museum

I've now been to at least a dozen state history museums over the years. While there are many... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
Flushing, Michigan
Very Cool

A beautiful telling of Alabama’s history. Artifacts and information in a visually appealing museum... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2017
Crothersville, Indiana
via mobile
Read all 172 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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!
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“second floor” (14 reviews)
“civil war” (17 reviews)
624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
+1 334-242-4435
Write a ReviewReviews (172)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 167 reviews

Reviewed 3 January 2018

I've now been to at least a dozen state history museums over the years. While there are many similarities, each has its unique set-up and particular items. The one in Alabama is, at least, somewhat above average. Located in an impressive building across from the...More

Thank FlushingCaps
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

A beautiful telling of Alabama’s history. Artifacts and information in a visually appealing museum. Educational, entertaining, and free!!! A must see!

Thank mj3840
Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

Highly recommended for anybody wanting to understand Alabama's fascinating, complex, and at times tragic history. From its first people to modern times, the museum does a great job informing and educating visitors. The short videos and interactive displays are excellent, and appear well balanced. One...More

Thank Justin B
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Other reviewers have pretty well covered how awesome this museum is. If you enjoy history, this is a “must see” place while in Montgomery. The displays are very well done, easy to read and follow. And it’s Free!! Plan to spend at least an hour,...More

Thank CoffeeMates
Reviewed 7 December 2017

The gallery area titles Alabama Voices is on the second floor of the archives building. The history of Alabama is cos covered from the 1700's to the beginning of the 21st century. Artifacts, images, documents and audiovisual displays help the visitor discover Alabama. As you...More

Thank Gloria S
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

The museum is located on Washington Ave. we got a personal tour of museum. We also went to see the research room and tour guide was very knowledgeable. Admission is free

Thank Sabrina115
Reviewed 25 October 2017

I cannot believe this great, free museum is rated 10 of things to do in Montgomery. The displays show a wonderful history of Alabama history and culture. Do not miss this tremendous collection - plus it is FREE. Metered parking in front is very reasonable,...More

Thank SkipPratt
Reviewed 22 October 2017

This museum leads you from the native Indian inhabitants; pioneers to the area; racial conflicts; farming; soldiers; professionals, etc. The display of a home from the 1950's reminded me pictures from old magazines. Another display of a typical American home reminded of a home from...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This free museum provides a great overview of key periods in Alabama history from the first human arrivals 14,000 years ago, through the Civil Rights years. The multi-media exhibits are very nicely presented with fascinating well-researched information—detailed, but not overwhelming (a two-hour visit would be...More

Thank Saaysaay
Reviewed 20 September 2017

An interesting display of artifacts and dioramas portraying the geography and history of Alabama. There are also artifacts documenting the participation of Alabama citizens in the US armed forces.

Thank donbE268TI
Nearby HotelsSee all 72 hotels in Montgomery
Capitol Inn & Suites
3 reviews
.51 km away
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Montgomery Downtown
708 reviews
.70 km away
Hampton Inn & Suites Montgomery-Downtown
748 reviews
1.01 km away
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
618 reviews
1.14 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Chris' Hot Dogs
219 reviews
.60 km away
Hamburger King
78 reviews
.61 km away
Irish Bred Pub
118 reviews
.67 km away
Davis Cafe
32 reviews
.87 km away
Nearby Attractions
Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home
423 reviews
.55 km away
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
305 reviews
.24 km away
Rosa Parks Library and Museum
536 reviews
1.03 km away
First White House of the Confederacy
426 reviews
.05 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
28 January 2018|
Response from CoffeeMates | Reviewed this property |
I would allow two hours because the “Voices of Alabama” has so much information and it’s so well laid out, you won’t want to rush through.
Terrie C
17 July 2015|
Response from AlabamaHistory | Property representative |
Hi Terrie! Thanks for your question. While we do not rent wheelchairs, our entire building is wheelchair accessible. When you arrive, pull into the circular drive at our rear entrance on Adams Avenue. There is a ramp there... More