Museums In Alabama
The list of museums in Alabama contains museums in the U.S. state of Alabama. A number of public and private institutions and organizations around the state make their collections available for public viewing. These museums contain artifacts and exhibits related to art and art history, broadcasting, children, civil and political rights, culture, industry, law, medicine, military history, music, natural history, local and regional history, science, sports and transportation. Additionally, the state is home to many historic house museums, many with a focus on the biographical history of individuals; several hall of fames; and a number of living history museums with a focus on local, state, or national history. Also included are non-profit and university art galleries.
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 Alabama Music Hall of Fame is conveniently located at 617 Highway 72 West in Tuscumbia, Alabama (the Northwest corner of the state). Only 2.5 hours from Nashville, 2.5 hours from Memphis, 2 hours from Birmingham, and only 1 hour from Huntsville. Parking.
Alabama State Capitol
The old legislative chambers can be visited. Exhibits are quite well done. The history murals are in the rotunda.
Battleship Memorial Park is a military history park and museum located on the western shore of Mobile Bay in Mobile, Alabama. It has a collection of notable aircraft and museum ships including the South Dakota-class battleship USS Alabama and Gato-class submarine USS Drum.
Berman Museum of World History
A huge collection of Remington Bronzes. Vast number of firearms covering centuries and continents. WW II and Pearl Harbor displays.
The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and over 10,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who changed the course of American history. The struggle for equality for Black Americans is chronicled here, from the Jim Crow laws in the 1800s to the freedom rides, sit-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s.
Birmingham History Center, located in Birmingham, Alabama, promotes research and public education through its Museum collection. Visitors to the Museum can see Museum exhibits, attend events at the Museum, and access Museum educational programs. The Museum supports itself through ticket sales, membership, fundraisers, and donations.
Confederate Memorial Park is the site of Alabama’s only Confederate Soldiers’ Home. The site operated from 1902-1939 as a haven for disabled or indigent veterans of the Confederate army, their wives, and widows.
437 County Road 63, Marbury, Alabama 36051
Cook’s Natural Science Museum
135 Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016
Cost of Freedom Veterans Museum exists to “preserve our heritage, honor our defenders, and educate our future.” Located in Arab, Alabama, the museum is operated as a non-profit.
This two-story 1872 frame house, now a town museum, in the historic Tennessee River port of Waterloo offers exhibits on the Civil War, American Indians, antiques, Civil War relics, Native American artifacts, military displays, Trail of Tears artifacts and other local history. Carriages are on display in the barn at the site.
Freedom Rides Museum
Foley Railroad Museum
The Foley Railroad Museum is housed inside the historic Louisville and Nashville railroad station, which was built in 1909. It’s one of Alabama’s best train attractions and welcomes visitors of all ages. The depot was the city’s hub of activity for over 60 years. Today, visit the historic depot to see photos, tools and memorabilia documenting Foley’s history and the important part the railroad played in developing this area.
Without a doubt, the most unique feature of the Foley Railroad Museum is its “O” Gauge Model Train Exhibit, which was donated to the city of Foley by Mr. Alan Goldman in 2004.
Freedom Rides Museum
This small but powerful museum tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides that ended racial segregation in public transportation.
Hank Williams Museum
A tribute to the life and accomplishments of this magnificent music legend.
History Museum of Mobile
Homes Medical Museum
Lot’s of old medical equipment on display. From waiting room to old records, it’s easy to spend an hour or more just looking around. Not a guided tour and it is free.
Lowndes County Interpretive Center
Excellent exhibits and film. The exhibit about the tent city following the eviction of people who participated in the Freedom March.
Mustang Museum of America
The Mustang Museum of America is located in Odenville:
49 Forman Farm Rd.
Odenville AL 35120
Old Monroe County Courthouse and Heritage Museum
Monroeville regional history through exhibited artifacts, photos, manuscripts and films.
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
Rosa Parks Library and Museum
This tribute to the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement” honors Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who, in 1955, sparked the civil rights movement by refusing to give her bus seat to a white man.
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
Located in Huntsville Alabama, The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum is one of the premier military museums in the world. The exhibits of memorabilia, artifacts, and military equipment range from the American Revolutionary War to present day. Included in the collection are many rare and important artifacts including the oldest surviving jeep: the Ford Pygmy.
Vulcan Park and Museum
The Wiregrass Museum of Art inspires a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts by providing innovative educational programs that engage diverse audiences through the collection and exhibition of quality works.