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Kenneth R. Penhale City of Helena Museum

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5260 Helena Road, Helena, AL
+1 205-369-1448
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Memories of a small town.

Old town Helena has a quaint beauty that cannot be replicated by rebuilding the past. By keeping... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2016
Helena, Alabama
Worth the visit.

The pleasant Helena Museum is a little museum in a little town-but dynamite comes in small... read more

Reviewed April 25, 2016
Robert R
Helena, Alabama
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5260 Helena Road, Helena, AL
+1 205-369-1448
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Reviewed June 15, 2016

Old town Helena has a quaint beauty that cannot be replicated by rebuilding the past. By keeping the beautiful and historic aspects of Old town and accumulating the pieces of its towns history, the museum has helped to bridge that gap for both residents and...More

Thank K4749EWwilliamd
Reviewed April 25, 2016

The pleasant Helena Museum is a little museum in a little town-but dynamite comes in small packages. It tells the story of this wonderful small town with one-of-kind items that are very interesting and some really fascinating. It is located in Old Town Helena so...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed January 14, 2016 via mobile

Housed in a building I believe built in 1879 as the home of the Masonic Lodge the Kenneth R. Penhale Museum is magnificent! Untold members of the Helena community have worked endless hours for years to restore and build a priceless collection of artifacts together...More

Thank Doctormonty
Reviewed October 14, 2015

Open on the weekends, this museum is chock-full of images, documents and artifacts from Helena's rich coal and rail history, the historic tornado, military history, "old timey" life and more! A great stop for elementary+ aged children, history, mining or railroad buffs, or anyone who's...More

Thank lbj0320
Reviewed August 26, 2015

Open during the weekends, the Helena Museum contains not only Helena History but rare artifacts from Alabama's mining past. The museum is housed in the Historic Mason Lodge.

Thank Hewy N
Reviewed August 1, 2015

A nice place to learn more about the city of Helena. Ken Penhale has been collecting items for a long time and finally got the place to share them with the citizens and visitors. He is on hand during the limited normal hours and during...More

Thank NetaVee
Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

Great city museum with wonderful displays depicting both Helena, AL and Shelby County, AL history! Ken Penhale, the museum coordinator, is very knowledgeable about the history of the area, is very friendly, and is willing to explain the artifacts on display.

Thank BhamBarr
Reviewed March 18, 2015

WOW...did not expect the amount of displays they have. I loved looking at the old pictures and learning about what use to be around the town and places I lived. It is very neat, organized and worth a stop in!

1  Thank Kathy C
Reviewed December 16, 2014

Traveling to downtown Helena's museum is a gentle and unique experience. You encounter Ken Penhale, Helena's Town Historian for whom it was named and he personally will lead you on the tour himself. You learn so much of the history of the town and its...More

1  Thank PennyW5
Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Helena was born from coal and steel. The complex mining system still remains under this beautiful city; however, mining is no longer an active endeavor. Subsequent to the coal and steel the railroads identified a new stop in Helena, named after the station master's daughter....More

1  Thank Doctormonty
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