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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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Very nice Museum

Free to visit and very nice. Some fixed exhibts and some rotating. Very informative exhibit on Alabama covering several hundred years. Well done.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Free to visit and very nice. Some fixed exhibts and some rotating. Very informative exhibit on Alabama covering several hundred years. Well done.

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Wetumpka, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Architreats is very informative and interesting. Free to the public. Happens third Thursday each month.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My memories of this place from when I was in elementary school were not great, but they have a new Alabama museum inside the Archives that is great and they offer guided tours on the weekend that I highly recommend. The museum was smart and modern with good technology. They also had a special exhibit of Syper Martin's photos on... More 

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Thorsby, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I decided to take my family down for a visit. I've lived here for 41 years and never had the chance to visit the museum. First, it's FREE! Wow, it has so much information about Alabama the beautiful. It's amazing to see how things were in the past. My 10 year old was amazed at how segregation was years ago.... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Very nicely put together. A playroom for kids, lots of places to sit, very informative and interestingly done, evan for seniors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Easy to find, and not too big or too small, plus the exhibits are well laid out with short videos to guide you round and tell the story. well worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The Alabama Voices exhibit was so informative and really told the tale of the State's history. And it was FREE! I did want to see the Spider Martin exhibit, but there was a meeting taking place in that space, so we couldn't enjoy it. Park and walk to the Civil Rights Memorial, Dexter Ave, and the Capitol. Free parking is... More 

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Meeker, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The archives are full of artifacts from early day Indians to current day. Excellent Military section. Couple hours are needed to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The research room is excellent for geneology or historical research. Well laid out, helpful staff, quiet environment, and plenty of space to work. The gift shop is really neat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

I'm weary about museums with kids because they are often not kid friendly. This one was great. The security guard gave the kids a scavenger hunt to complete by reading the exhibits. It really got them excited and they enjoyed it a lot. The dedicated kids room was one of the best ones I've ever seen a regular museum.

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