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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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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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Very Nice-2nd Floor exhibits are Wonderful

This stop was not on our itinerary, but we are glad that we decided to visit! The 2nd floor is where you will find the museum and exhibits. There is plenty for all ages to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hollywood, Alabama
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Hollywood, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This stop was not on our itinerary, but we are glad that we decided to visit! The 2nd floor is where you will find the museum and exhibits. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy. We were very impressed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rarely does a museum and archive hit the right cord of historical and cultural balance. But this Museum gets it just right. An extensive, but not exhausting, overview and explanation of the history of Alabama which combines all types of media and keeps the viewers interest throughout. The Voices of Alabama exhibit was a poignant and well crafted history of... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We could have spent the day here. Very beautiful and educational building on Alabama. We were limited in time so they recommended we visit the Voices of Alabama section. It was fascinating and informative. Short video segments introduced each area. We want to go back when we can stay longer. A must see if visiting Montgomery.

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Milwaukee, Wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a surprise as it is both free and had so much information. There is a detailed time line of state history with excellent artifacts and descriptions. There is a room with hands on activities for children. We did not see the portrait gallery or all of the timeline as they were closing before we could see it all.... More 

Thank rc5
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What they had was interesting....but there wasn't a lot to see....so IMO one that you can skip if you're short on time.

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AlabamaHistory, Public Relations Manager at Alabama Department of Archives and History, responded to this review

We regret that you did not have a good experience during your visit to the Museum of Alabama. It may be the case that you did not receive good directions to our large, permanent exhibitions on the second floor. The newest of these, Alabama Voices, explores 300 years of Alabama's history in nearly 12,000 square feet. It includes almost 1,000... More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Went to the Archives today and only had time to do the Alabama Voices exhibit, and it was excellent. Very contemporary, great for children and adults, and a really excellent historical view of the state's past. Definitely recommend a visit if you are in Montgomery!

Thank Maegan M
Colton, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Really enjoyed the history of Alabama - loved the interactive displays. Covered everything from first inhabitants to present day issues. Informative and well done. If you want to learn about Alabama history - this is the place

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Chiefland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

If you're looking for something out of the ordinary to see or something different to do, this is the place. Big beautiful building. Very well kept on the inside and out.

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Lake Wales, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

We didn't know of this building, somehow we missed any mentioned of it in any of the brochures that we had read before we drove into the city, we hadn't allowed enough time to get though the museum. We did walk into the front and around the outside, huge building , plenty of stuff to see, if your going to... More 

Thank Bob S
Eagle, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We travel the US extensively, and try to get in local history every place we go. The State Archives was highly recommended. The exhibit starts with the geologic history of the state, then native Americans, European explorers, White Settlers, Slavery and the Civil War, The Depression, Industry, Civil Rights, Sports, Celebrities, and the modern day Alabama. This is appropriate and... More 

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