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“So Much History In One Place!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alabama Department of Archives and History

Alabama Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
+1 334-242-4435
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Ranked #5 of 37 Attractions in Montgomery
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Cultural
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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!
Montgomery, Alabama
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“So Much History In One Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Beautiful old building with lots of interesting objects telling the history of Alabama. A new wing was added recently but blends in with the old architecture original building. It is directly across from the Alabama State Capital building.

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“Great historic documentation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Covers natural history, native American history, Civil War and Civil Rights history. All items and artifacts are well documented. Free, next to the 1st White House of the Confederacy. Free. Includes special hands on exhibits for children.

Visited in November which is a great time because of moderate weather and low volumes of tourists.

Visited November 2012
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“good overview of Alabama”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This state archives is more interesting than I expected it. Set up like a small museum. It features an Indian mural and exhibit in one room, an interactive child's room like others have reviewed, a short video that shows all the geographical variations in the state, a military room with uniforms from all the wars. It doesn't take long to complete it. Free parking is behind the museum. (We didn't do any research, we just looked at the visual part).

Visited October 2012
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Opelika, Alabama
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“First state to have an Archives!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Research room is state of the art with public computers and free wireless if you have your own. Access to ancestry.com is free with Archives internet. Displays are undergoing renovation. Recently completed "First Alabamians" is excellent - lots of artifacts and interpretive displays that tell the prehistory and history of Alabama's Native American Indians. Free parking on Adams Street in hte parking lot to teh south (between the bank and the Cattlemens Assoc/Mooseum).

Visited October 2012
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Montevallo, Alabama
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“Interesting collection of items”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

The state archives is just across the street from the state capitol building, next door to the 1st white house of the confederacy. The Alabama state map on the ground in front of the building is worth a look. The museum is located on three floors - there is a military section, a native american section, a nature of alabama section, a section with portraits of Alabamians who have been famous or had an impact on our lives, and other things to see. Worth a quick look.

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