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“Not much to look at” 2 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 #7 of 37 attractions in Montgomery
Type: History Museums, Libraries
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Fairhope, Alabama
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106 reviews 106 reviews
55 attraction reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Not much to look at”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Most of the museum and archives was off limits to the public or under construction. They did have one room of the history of native Americans in Alabama and one children's room with toys in it was open. The Civil War area, and the rest of the museum was locked. There were some old portraits hanging on the wall, but over half of them were not labeled and you had to guess who they were! This was waste

Visited October 2013
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English first
Montgomery, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“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.

Visited November 2012
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jacksonville
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“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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Alabama
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“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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