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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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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Pike Road, AL
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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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austin
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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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Douglasville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Nice, well-organized museum and the best part.. IT's FREE! The building itself is beautiful inside and out. Bathrooms were clean. There seemed to be a children's area upstairs but I did not go inside that room. The museum on the second floor is very nice and well organized, with great exhibits and information. Could easily spend 2-3 hours here going... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Anyone, whether an Alabama resident or from out of town would enjoy this tour. Need about 2 hrs. Young and older will enjoy. Elevators there if needed. Lots of history in an historic building. Would be nice if you did not have to feed a parking meter

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

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum of Alabama! To avoid paying parking meters on your next visit, there is free parking available in a lot directly behind our building on Adams Avenue. Additional info can be found at www.museum.alabama.gov. Hope you will visit again soon! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The museum has a tremendous exhibit (Voices) of the history of Alabama from the time of the native Americans living in the state, to the arrival of the first Europeans to this day, told using the "voices" of history. The displays are top notch and their organization perfect, but it is the voices which are compelling and the videos are... More 

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Lithonia, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I initially thought I was gonna go here to just see the "Spider" Martin photo display from the Voting Rights March. When I finished viewing the photos, I was headed to the front door. But something told me to go to the second floor. To my surprise, it was an awesome mini-museum. There was a hands on room for little... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

We could not believe this place was free!!! It had so much history about the state it took us quite awhile to see everything. This is really a must see if you are in town. The building itself is so beautiful!

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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The new exhibits on Alabama history at the museum are engrossing, informative, and compelling. One of the best and most balanced chronicles of the state's past you will find. Whether you are a native or a visitor, if you want to know about Alabama's story, you have to make a trip here.

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Address: 624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
Phone Number: +1 334-242-4435
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Montgomery

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