Museum of Alabama

Located in downtown Montgomery across the street from the Alabama State Capital, the Museum of Alabama is managed by the Alabama Department of Archives & History. Home to Alabama history for more than a century, admission is always free with accessible parking and entrance located on Adams Avenue.

The 2nd floor permanent exhibits of the museum offer a deep exploration of the history of Alabama. The Land of Alabama tells of the influence of geography, geology and biodiversity that shaped the state. Alabama Voices is the powerful centerpiece exhibit displaying more than 800 artifacts and hundreds of images and documents. The stories cover Alabama’s history from the 1700s to the early years of the 21st century. Visitors can engage with the award-winning exhibit through 22 audiovisual programs.

Immersive learning continues for all ages in the hands-On Gallery and Grandma’s Attic. Explore the Discovery Boxes in the gallery and delve into a variety of topics like statehood symbols and Alabama’s industries. In Grandma’s Attic, visitors are on a mission to learn through activity sheets, games, crafts and dress up in period clothing. 

Temporary exhibits invite you to come back time and time again to view fascinating displays on a wide range of topics. Previous exhibits have included inaugural gowns, Alabama women, and art from currently and formerly incarcerated. Each exhibit is design to challenge and inform. The museum is designed to be self-guided. Guided tours of the museum are available for groups of 15 or more. All guided tours required advance notice.

Shop for all things Alabama at the museum’s store, Alabama Original. Purchase books on Alabama nature, women’s history, food, Black history and many other topics. From candles to pottery, leather goods to soap, locally made products will connect you to talent craftspeople. 

A visit to the museum may spark a desire to learn more about Alabama’s past. When you are ready to dig deeper, plan a research visit to the Archives. Be sure to review their policies ahead of time to make the most use of your time.