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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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Best overview of Alabama's rich history to be found

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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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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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

If you want to learn the history of Alabama this is the place to go. They did a great job of capturing it all. Lots of school tours. Great to see them getting to learn this.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Interactive exhibits and displays as well as movies tell the stories of Native Americans, settlers, pioneers, military developments throughout the state. Authentic artifacts tell the story and voices come alive....including interviews with former slaves recorded 75 years ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

My son's school took a field trip to Montgomery, which included a visit to these archives. I was extremely surprised and impressed with this museum. I'm not sure of all the things that are offered here, as we did several attractions in one day, but the guided tour that we had was really incredible. I'm not from Alabama, originally, so... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This museum starts out with the real history about Alabama, a whole room dedicated to the Indians that were already here and the way they lived. Across the hall there was a military museum that had uniforms and other military paraphernalia since WWI that was used by Alabama veterans. Then there was a room dedicated to the photography taken during... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

Open Mon-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm Free Admission There is metered parking in the front but around back, across the street there is a small lot with free parking. Upstairs there is a great museum with a lot of artifacts to look at. We were told most people take about 45 minutes to go through it. We were there just over 1 hr.... More 

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We spent the afternoon learning about Alabama history on the second floor of this magnificent building. I loved that it started its history regarding the geology and geography, through the native americans to present day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It is worth the time to visit this museum as you will learn a lot about Alabama history. The displays are excellent and the price is right, free! It is across the street from the capitol and next to the first White House of the Confederacy.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The AL Archives is the oldest state archives in the nation. It offers a one-of-a-kind trip through the past. I loved seeing the clothes that people wore throughout history. The Archives offers weekly (maybe monthly) presentations at lunch time where participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. In conjunction with AL Public Television, the Archives held a preview... More 

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Talladega, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The Alabama Voices exhibit is an in-depth look at the development of Alabama over the centuries. There is lots to read and memorabilia to enhance the written dialogue. It covers 10,000 square feet in the Archives Building (which is interesting with Sylacauga and Tennessee marble interiors and floors. We spent an hour plus and didn't even read everything. Museum is... More 

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