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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 #5 of 31 Attractions in Montgomery
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) has been the home of Alabama history for more...
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Type: Libraries, History Museums, Cultural
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!

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Montgomery, Texas
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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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globeseeker007
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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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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 

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