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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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Alabama Voices: one of best exhibits I've experienced

While some of the rooms contain the usual type of static exhibits, the Alabama Voices exhibit on... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Suzu T
Fernandina Beach, Florida

What a wonderful museum! Something for everyone! We spent time in Grandmas Attic then went into the... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Christine M
Bonita Springs, 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
+1 334-242-4435
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Reviewed 14 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

Reviewed 14 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 10 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 9 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 6 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 4 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
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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