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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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Well worth a visit.

The history of Alabama and the dreadful treatment of the Creek Indian tribe is well-done, albeit... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Linda H
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Anderson, South Carolina
Excellent museum

Well worth seeing. A lot of information well presented. Should be able to park 2 or 3 blocks away... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian M
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Sydney, Australia
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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

The history of Alabama and the dreadful treatment of the Creek Indian tribe is well-done, albeit heartbreaking. Definitely worth spending time there; do bring the children to learn the history.

Thank Linda H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth seeing. A lot of information well presented. Should be able to park 2 or 3 blocks away for free. And the museum is free as well.

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we were recommended to visit the Alabama Archive I was hesitant yet went with my family. What a surprise it was to find such a collection of artifacts very well presented and displayed covering time-period through the ages including pre-historic. An entire floor at...More

Thank Ed S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we only scratched the surface of this fantastic museum. We spent our time walking through the "Alabama Voices"exhibit highlighting the settlement and history of Alabama. It is very well done and quite informative. Be sure to visit the First White...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely wonderful exhibits and films. Very educational for all ages. This is an absolute must see when visiting Montgomery

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The archives museum is an amazing collection of art and history for the state of Alabama. The exhibits walk you through history from Indian tribes up through all of our nations wars. They also have several amazing paintings. Do not skip this stop on your...More

Thank Greg2117
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Helpful staff at entrance with suggestions for the visit. Several interesting rooms but the voices section at one end of the building is wonderful. Walk through time.

Thank Tom C
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

I can add little to the other glowing reviews. A well set up and thoughtfully planned museum. I learned a lot and enjoyed every exhibit. One note: parking is free on weekends so don't make the same mistake we did and feed the meter!

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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

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Reviewed 29 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
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NewName123
28 January 2018|
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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.
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Terrie C
17 July 2015|
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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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