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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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Ranked #6 of 37 Attractions in Montgomery
Type: History Museums, Libraries
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Well its free, incredibly well laid out with special exhibits and a permanent exhibition of Alabama life and its history. This runs from native American culture through the civil war period to the present day. Original items, some are very hands on, superb video presentations and diorama. Be warned, its fascinating, so may take you three hours or more to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My brother-in-law and I attended one of the genealogy seminares there in August and we both were well pleased with the content and presentation. We learned a lot and found there are some really nice people to help you with your research. They can even assist you with research from other states.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Department of Archives and History is a must see while you are visiting downtown Montgomery. From Creek Indian artifacts to Hank Williams, Sr. memorabilia, you could spend the entire day browsing their collections.Be sure to check out the Spider Martin exhibit while you are there!

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Humble
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There wasn't much to look at. The only thing my husband wanted to see was old war photographs and that door was locked.

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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 permanent exhibitions. The newest of these, Alabama Voices, provides a thorough overview of 300 years of Alabama history, including images of Alabamians who served in conflicts ranging from... More

Opp, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Not being born in Alabama, i learned quite a bit of Alabama history from the beginning to the present. Staff very friendly and helpful. Great place for a school field trip.

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Montgomery, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Alabama is a championship kind of state. Our legacy of passion and heart to be the best is displayed in a proud profound honest and historic presentation. We are Alabama and proud of our legacy.Love,hurt, and healing we move forward.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a beautiful building with a lot of sources information for people looking for information on their ancestors in Alabama. The people who work there are extremely kind, courteous, and helpful to people who visit. I was very pleased by how warmly we were received.

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Northport, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The history and personalities of Alabama are on display. You can learn from studying the past. Historic documents, personal effects and historic events depicted here helps you understand Alabama.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went with my grandchildren - who fell in love with the Granny Attic - although I was concern to discover that while they were playing in the circa 1950 phone booths my grandbabies did not know what a dial tone was!!!! The exhibits are wonderfully lit and informative. I enjoyed the fact that there are "selfie" spots marked throughout the... More

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were on a mission with little time, running late and no opportunity to return in the foreseeable future. We were in the Archives only to see one item. Time constraints usually rule out archives visits. With minutes until closing we met the Archives administrative officer, Steve, who knew immediately what we wanted to see and where it was located.... More

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