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Alabama Department of Archives and History

624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
+1 334-242-4435
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Great museum to go see

The museum is located on Washington Ave. we got a personal tour of museum. We also went to see the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Wonderful Museum

I cannot believe this great, free museum is rated 10 of things to do in Montgomery. The displays... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
+1 334-242-4435
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 13 September 2017

While some of the rooms contain the usual type of static exhibits, the Alabama Voices exhibit on the 2nd floor takes the visitor from Native American through early European settlement, Civil War, Reconstruction, World Wars up to the present, not glossing over uncomfortable topics such...More

1  Thank Suzu T
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful museum! Something for everyone! We spent time in Grandmas Attic then went into the Alabama Voices section. It was very impressive! Well done, Alabama!

Thank Christine M
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Amazing free place to see a lot of Alabama's famous and history . They sure have a lot of old items that you can touch . You will be there awhile but it doesn't matter they have A/C.

Thank corollaclub98
Reviewed 24 June 2017

The tourist information woman told us to visit this spot. The free museum is on the second floor of the gleaming white Archives building next to the Capitol. There are large staircases, or elevators. Early rooms depict the earliest day's in alabama, but the back...More

1  Thank MWK51
Reviewed 18 June 2017

We were passing through Montgomery, and felt great making a decision to make a stop in the Civil Rights trail....The Archives is open to the public and is free. Their museum has a decent collection of artifacts, relics, and paintings, chronically arranged onto Alabama's history,...More

1  Thank Angel S
AlabamaHistory, Public Relations Manager at Alabama Department of Archives and History, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

We are so glad that you enjoyed your time at the Museum of Alabama and hope that you will stop in again the next time you are passing through Montgomery! Just a note about parking for your next visit, there is a free parking lot...More

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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