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Alabama Department of Archives and History

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Address: 624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
Phone Number: +1 334-242-4435
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Description: The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) has been the home of...
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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excellent Alabama history

It is worth the time to visit this museum as you will learn a lot about Alabama history. The displays are excellent and the price is right, free! It is across the street from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Kennewick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It is worth the time to visit this museum as you will learn a lot about Alabama history. The displays are excellent and the price is right, free! It is across the street from the capitol and next to the first White House of the Confederacy.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The AL Archives is the oldest state archives in the nation. It offers a one-of-a-kind trip through the past. I loved seeing the clothes that people wore throughout history. The Archives offers weekly (maybe monthly) presentations at lunch time where participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. In conjunction with AL Public Television, the Archives held a preview... More 

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Talladega, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The Alabama Voices exhibit is an in-depth look at the development of Alabama over the centuries. There is lots to read and memorabilia to enhance the written dialogue. It covers 10,000 square feet in the Archives Building (which is interesting with Sylacauga and Tennessee marble interiors and floors. We spent an hour plus and didn't even read everything. Museum is... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The employees at the Archives were all very pleasant, welcoming, and helpful. The facility is beautiful and well-maintained; materials are easily accessible.

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Montgomery, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Alabama has been blessed with a rich history that has been well captured by our Archives and history. Ed Bridges took Milo Howard's work to unbelievable levels. From Indians,civil rights and to space Alabama is a leader. As. we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march our nations movement and healing started in Montgomery. Capture this rich... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It is definitely the place to visit to learn about Alabama. There are two floors in the building that show you the history of Alabama from those early years when America was just discovered all the way to our times. If you like history, you can easily spend a couple of hours there learning about the state; however, if you... More 

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HONOLULU
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This had two floors of great things historic to Alabama. I found out later there is a free parking lot on the back side of the War Memorial Building that the museum is in.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

One of the best museum we have ever seen and we have seen several. It encompasses the Creek nation, the trade with Britain, France & Spain, enslaved Africans (1721), Civil War (1861-1865), history of cotton, religion, the cost of war, end of slavery (1865) and so much more. The collection of artifacts from Creek water jars, cooking jars, burial vessels,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This museum is located in a large white building facing the capitol with parking in back across the street for visitors. Plan on spending at least two or three hours here as it is filled with history with most exhibits being on the second floor. To begin with, there are two rooms devoted to the native people of the region.... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

If you're looking for Alabama's history all in one stop, this is where you need to come! I stopped in to see the new exhibit, Alabama Voices and it was AMAZING!! You go in and start from Alabama's earliest days and finish in today. The artifacts are displayed beautifully and the short informative videos add a nice touch. My favorite... More 

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