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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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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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Knowledge is strength

I have enjoyed going to the ADOAH. So much information is there. I just had to take my grandson there so that he can grow in wisdom and remember that his grandmother took him to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have enjoyed going to the ADOAH. So much information is there. I just had to take my grandson there so that he can grow in wisdom and remember that his grandmother took him to the Alabama Department of Archives and History. He had a ball and later we invited my other family members to come with us and they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the part about Creeks. How white men took over their territory was explained well. The gift shop was pricey but i generally like the museum. They invite to pokemon go ^-^.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Current exhibitions regarding first Alabamians, slavery, civil war and industrial expansion are all things we should be well informed about. I'm excited to return and check out the research room.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Exhibits were a great testimonial to the state. Genealogy is better looked up on ancestry.com. Before we had gone and been able to make an appointment to see actual documents, but apparently no longer allowed. Building could have had more exhibits instead of lots of open space. Overall ok experience. We just wanted more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent about three hours in this museum on July 6, 2016. The display takes you from a geological overview of the land to the present day. The Alabama Voices section goes from the first inhabitants, through the native Indians and how they had their lands taken away, the invasions of the French, Spanish and British and how the land... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had to visit here to do some PhD research. It is a beautiful building with great exhibitions. The staff could not be any friendlier and helpful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Great place to absorb rich Alabama history. I recommend it to anyone looking for something to do on a budget.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

My direct ancestors have been in Montgomery since the early 1800s until the last one passed away in 1965. Advising staff what I was looking for and why made the day's research easier. The staff are very helpful and are quick to offer assistance. I must say their collection is extensive. The archive building is very beautiful. The research room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

In addition to a large collection of books and microfilm to peruse, the staff are knowledgeable and very helpful. Great for genealogy research!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Stopped by here with friends looking for something local to do. While not a huge museum, it is a decent size, and very well put together. Great WWI, natural resources, and local/regional history exhibits. Free parking across the street on the south side of the building. Highly recommend if you are in to history.

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