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Alabama Department of Archives and History

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Address: 624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
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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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Alabama's incredible Past

Everyone should visit the Archives. Alabama's great history is laid out in front of you in exciting displays. You can also do research in the vast archive collection. A must when... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone should visit the Archives. Alabama's great history is laid out in front of you in exciting displays. You can also do research in the vast archive collection. A must when you're in Montgomery!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Want to learn Alabama history go here Learn of the Indian civil war and industrial era. Bring the kids and grand kids.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Learned so much about Alabama's history. The Indians and the African-American sections are very sad but necessary to understand the past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very well done museum. As you walk through the exhibits you walk through Alabama's history. It begins with the early cultures and moves through the native peoples, slavery, the depression, WWII through today. It contains a nice balance of artifacts and text. An hour is about the right amount of time to budget for this museum.

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Jasper, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not only is the Archives Building and grounds just beautiful, so is the history that is so creatively chronicled for our great State! I loved seeing artifacts and replicas of Alabama's history and how our state was born and grew to where we are today! Even for those who are not history buffs...their are many things that I bet will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This is a very well organized museum that covers the history of Alabama from its earliest settlers through today. There are artifacts, movies and informative signage on so many different subjects. If you're like me and love museums, plan on spending several hours here. Even if you're not a huge museum fan, you'll probably find something here that interests you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent exhibit on the history of Alabama from the arrival of Europeans until today (pre European history was in another exhibit). Interesting connections with Andrew Jackson. And Tecumseh even got a mention.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This place has something for everyone. The historians are friendly, and happy to provide with informatiion. There is a great children's area, and the Voices exhibit is very moving.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

A must see if you are interested in the history of Alabama. The museum has a lot of videos for those of us that get tired of reading. It shows the history of Alabama from the Indians through the current times So interesting for everyone

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Very interesting free museum On the history of Alabama. Found it interesting, no mention Of Helen Keller or the fabulous Tallulah Bankhead.

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AlabamaHistory, Public Relations Manager at Alabama Department of Archives and History, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and we are so glad that you enjoyed the Museum of Alabama! You may have missed the photographs of Helen Keller and Tallulah Bankhead on the exhibit's "Quilt of Alabamians" when you first enter the exhibit. Look for them the next time you visit! They are two great Alabama women who play important roles in our... More 

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