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“A real gem tucked away in a small town!”

Berman Museum of World History
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Anniston
Certificate of Excellence
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Athens, Alabama
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397 reviews
203 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 925 helpful votes
“A real gem tucked away in a small town!”
Reviewed February 14, 2012

We were unsure of exactly what to expect from this museum. The web site doesn't do it justice and the lobby/entrance doesn't instill any confidence that you have made a good choice in places to spend your time and money. Once inside the exhibit space that all changes. The first floor contains a very large collection of U.S. western history items along with a very large collection of Remington sculptures, weapons and other items. The it moves on to include item from Napoleon and his descendants. The second floor starts with a large collection of Asian items with some going back to 600BC. The 2nd portion covers WWI and WWII with a very large collection of weapons from the US, Germany, Japan, Italy and Russia. There are also a number of personal items from the likes of Mussolini, Hitler and Himmler. Spy equipment was also prevalent. In all a nice surprise and well worth a visit. Highly recommended!

Visited February 2012
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Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Unexpected, interesting and different, WWII memorabelia and artefacts from the American Civil War”
Reviewed October 28, 2011

I did not expect to be so fascinated by WWII memorabelia as I found I was, nor the collection of guns made into various things, such as a tyre pressure guage and a flute. The exhibits are a collection of items brought back from Germany at the end of the war, some donated by those there at the time or their relatives, the rest purchased by Mr & Mrs Berman. Another section is devoted to Chinese artefacts and another to guns from various eras.
I spent two hours there, and will go back if I get the chance.

Visited August 2011
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atlanta
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Great visit!”
Reviewed January 26, 2009

The Berman Museum is located beside the Anniston Museum of Nautral History. I love visiting both museums because it is a cost effective stop. The admission for the Museum of natural history is $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. The Berman is $3.50 for adults. You can purchase a passport and visit both on the same day for $7. The Museum of Natural History once offered free admission after 1pm on Tuesdays. It is a great musuem located in a nice area on a hill away from the road. It's great for kids because it is typically not crowded and offers nice shaded areas for picnics. The animal displays in the Natural Histoy Museum are fantastic. The kids love walking through the cave. They also have a skunk scent display that kids love. The Berman Museum offers a great deal of information about various cultures. This museum is better suited for older children and adults. However, I highly recommend both musems for kids and adults who enjoy learning.

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Bowdon, Ga
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“few bucks for a good ole' time”
Reviewed January 10, 2009

The Museum of Natural History is right next to this museum and they are linked. Another post on her already referred to it with all the animals and birds. BOTH of these museums are wonderful. I don't have a lot of money to spend and I live in Georgia. Most of the places in Georgia are WAY WAY WAY overpriced. When I first went to both of these Museums which are literally feet away from one another. In the natural history museum it is a wonderful place to take children. There are tons of animals and live snakes, a dinosaur exhibit, a children's discovery play room, a koy pond and garden, mummies, and a trail with lots of LIVE birds of prey. The Berman museum is really more adult or for older children because it deals with a lot of what some toddlers may think of as boring material. It is still a wonderful place and I should really buy a membership. It really is not expensive AT all. My whole family of 5 spent only 14 dollars.

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alabama
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67 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Great Stop between Atlanta & Birmingham”
Reviewed June 22, 2008

Anniston - known for the Army Depot & hotels for Talladega races - has a very nice Natural Museum. It is not large (i.e. Smithsonian size), but it does contain some excellent and varied exhibits. The exhibit on birds is worth the small admission price. The hall of mammals is really neat. So, if your going to "Dega" or just want a stop between Atlanta and points west. Not a bad place to spend the time.

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