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Alabama Department of Archives and History

624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
+1 334-242-4435
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Fascinating!!!

I visited the Alabama Department of Archives and History during a class field trip. I expected this... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
AlabamaAngel
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Lots of history for free

We really enjoyed visiting the archives. I came here several years ago with my students, and a lot... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jennifer Z
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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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624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I visited the Alabama Department of Archives and History during a class field trip. I expected this place to be somewhat boring. Boy was I wrong! The Archives were fascinating! We only got to spend an hour here so we didn’t even get to see...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed visiting the archives. I came here several years ago with my students, and a lot has changed since then! I loved the new format and layout of the displays on the 2nd floor. It would be nice to see names with all...More

Thank Jennifer Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Someone suggested this as a place to visit. Since it was next to the capitol and air conditioned we gave it a try. It was wonderful! The exhibits were an interesting look at Alabama and the south. It had a lot of history of the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I wanted to go learn about Alabama History and this was a great place. Loved the walk through of the different picture and videos on the 2nd floor. We will be bring back our family.

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

At the end of a full day of sightseeing, we did a too quick spin of this wonderful museum and wished we could have arrived sooner. Not that it is that extensive but it presents a wonderful history of the state of Alabama and region,...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

This free museum is definitely worth stopping in at. Its collection is small, but the building is beautiful and their exhibit - Alabama Voices - is great. It spans 300 years of Alabama history. It has a lot of artifacts and signage and it has...More

2  Thank Alexis B
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Reviewed April 20, 2018

The history of Alabama and the dreadful treatment of the Creek Indian tribe is well-done, albeit heartbreaking. Definitely worth spending time there; do bring the children to learn the history.

2  Thank Linda H
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

Well worth seeing. A lot of information well presented. Should be able to park 2 or 3 blocks away for free. And the museum is free as well.

2  Thank Ian M
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

When we were recommended to visit the Alabama Archive I was hesitant yet went with my family. What a surprise it was to find such a collection of artifacts very well presented and displayed covering time-period through the ages including pre-historic. An entire floor at...More

1  Thank Ed S
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we only scratched the surface of this fantastic museum. We spent our time walking through the "Alabama Voices"exhibit highlighting the settlement and history of Alabama. It is very well done and quite informative. Be sure to visit the First White...More

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NewName123
January 27, 2018|
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Response from FlushingCaps | Reviewed this property |
I think most people would be happy if they spent 2-3 hours there. Some people who like to hear all the audio portions and read all the printed information might spend 4 or even 5 hours.
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Terrie C
July 16, 2015|
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Response from AlabamaHistory | Property representative |
Hi Terrie! Thanks for your question. While we do not rent wheelchairs, our entire building is wheelchair accessible. When you arrive, pull into the circular drive at our rear entrance on Adams Avenue. There is a ramp there... More
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