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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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Lots to learn here

I could have spent all day here, but it was a quick stop on a school field trip. Lots of Alabama... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Tricia F
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Cullman, Alabama
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Incredible museum!

Wow! I wasn't interested in Alabama's history until I came here. They really bring each period to... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Skye1207
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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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
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+1 334-242-4435
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Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

I could have spent all day here, but it was a quick stop on a school field trip. Lots of Alabama history here!

Thank Tricia F
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Wow! I wasn't interested in Alabama's history until I came here. They really bring each period to life with elaborate displays, true antiques, and well preserved relics. I was enthralled and wanted to stay longer. Allow at least 2 hours! There's a lot to learn...More

Thank Skye1207
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

The impressive stature of this building seems intimidating from the outside. If I still had young children, I probably wouldn't think to bring them here. But as a travel blogger, I quickly realized what a great rainy day place this is for kids! There is...More

Thank BrowsingtheAtlas
Reviewed 5 May 2017

What a surprise! We came to visit this museum with little excpections but you have to admit....Americans do know how to tell a story. Like in most museums in the States you are welcomed as a Customer...friendly, caring and all focussed on your convenience. But...More

1  Thank pieter d
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I attended a brown bag lecture at the Archives. It was my first visit. The building is older but very well keep and lots of classic features. Besides the big and impressive lecture hall, there is a very well equipped reading room for the archives...More

Thank Ron F
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This museum was just average to me. There are displays about the Native American inhabitants of the state, military history (mostly WWI) and events leading up to secession. There was a large quilt of photographs of people who I think were from Alabama, but there...More

Thank PhoenixRobin
Reviewed 27 April 2017

As I was preparing to leave Montgomery, I took a self-guided tour. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of material and the details. The exhibits, artifacts, videos and pictures were fantastic! So many things brought back memories both good and bad, and in several...More

Thank Dennis B
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Doesn't sound like the place to go, but we recommend it. The second floor has a section called Voices of Alabama. What that is is an excellent historical coverage of Alabama history. You wander through interesting displays with excellent descriptions. More coverage on the older...More

Thank PhilR9
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We were on a trip and was killing time looking to learn about the area and found a lot of interesting things. In fact I was wishing I could spend more time there than the 2 hrs I had to kill. It seems that I...More

1  Thank KDGallo
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Everyone should visit the Archives. Alabama's great history is laid out in front of you in exciting displays. You can also do research in the vast archive collection. A must when you're in Montgomery!

Thank battleship60
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Terrie C
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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
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