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9 of 15 Types of Alabama Recreational Facilities--Museums
Ivan Gillis
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Alabama Museums

 

Name

Town/City

County

Region

Type

Summary

Alabama Administrative Office of Courts Museum Area

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Law

Exhibits of Alabama judicial history and important figures, located in the Alabama Judicial Building.[1]

Alabama Artists Gallery

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Art

Operated by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, located on the first floor of the RSA Tower, website

Alabama Constitution Village

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

Living history

Open-air museum that reenacts life in 1819.[2]

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

History

Official archives for the state of Alabama, features the Museum of Alabama with exhibits including Native American, military history, 19th- and 20th-century historic artifacts, photos, and art

Alabama Governor's Mansion

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Historic house

Official residence of Alabama's Governor. Open for tours.[3]

Alabama Historical Radio Museum

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Radio

Exhibits include antique radios. Operated by the Alabama Historical Radio Society. website

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Music

Hall of Fame honors jazz artists with ties to Alabama. Exhibits include jazz memorabilia and instruments.

Alabama Men's Hall of Fame

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

History

Hall of Fame for men native to or closely identified with Alabama who have made significant contributions to their professional fields, housed in Samford University's Harwell G. Davis Library, website

Alabama Mining Museum

Dora

Walker

Central

Industry

Exhibits include a 1900s train and mining cars, one-room African American school, elementary school, post office, and depot. website

Alabama Museum of Health Sciences

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Medical

Displays illustrating the health sciences in the areas of education, research, and practice.[4]

Alabama Museum of Natural History

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

West central

Natural history

Displays of geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, ethnology, history, and photography.[5]

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Tuscumbia

Colbert

Northwestern

Music

Exhibits illustrate how Alabamians have contributed to make the music industry what it is today.[6]

Alabama River Museum

Franklin

Monroe

East central

Multiple

Open for special events by Monroe County Heritage Museums, local history including fossils, Native American artifacts, steamboats

Alabama Rural Heritage Center

Thomaston

Marengo

Southwestern

Art

History and folk art, operated by Auburn University's Rural Studio.[7]

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Sports

Exhibits of Alabama's athletic history.[8]

Alabama State Capitol

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Capitol

State capitol building of Alabama. A National Historic Landmark, it is open for tours and is operated by the Alabama Historical Commission.[9]

Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives

Athens

Limestone

Northern

Military

Houses artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the present day. website

Alabama Women's Hall of Fame

Marion

Perry

Southwestern

History

Hall of Fame for women native to or closely identified with Alabama who have made significant contributions to their professional fields

Aldrich Coal Mine Museum

Montevallo

Shelby

Central

Mining

History and artifacts from the town's former coal mine

Aliceville Museum

Aliceville

Pickens

Southwestern

Local history

website, includes memorabilia and artifacts from former prisoner-of-war camp for German soldiers during World War IICoca-Cola artifacts and memorabilia, local history

American Sport Art Museum and Archives

Daphne

Baldwin

Gulf Coast

Sports

More than 1,500 pieces of sport art. Located on the campus of the United States Sports Academy.[10]

Ancient Wars Museum

Madison

Madison

Northern

History

Worldwide authentic relics from 5,000 A.C. Ancient World cultures such as Egyptian, Chinese, Roman, Viking, Persian up to Modern Era. Also known as Alabama War Museum.[11][12]

Anniston Museum of Natural History

Anniston

Calhoun

Northeastern

Natural history

Minerals, fossils, Alabama, North American and African wildlife dioramas.[13]

Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Historic house

1840s home with 19th century decorative arts.[14]

Ave Maria Grotto

Cullman

Cullman

Northern

Religious

Outdoor miniature reproductions of some of the most famous religious structures of the world.[15]

Baldwin County Heritage Museum

Elberta

Baldwin

Gulf Coast

Local history

Agricultural and cultural history. website

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Leeds

Jefferson

Central

Automotive

Vintage and modern motorcycles and race cars.[16]

Battle-Friedman House

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

West central

Historic house

Antebellum house and garden, operated by the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.[17]

Battleship Memorial Park

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Military

Collection of notable aircraft and museum ships including the South Dakota-class battleship USS Alabama and Gato-class submarine USS Drum.[18]

Belle Mont (Tuscumbia, Alabama)

Tuscumbia

Colbert

Northwestern

Historic house

A plantation house, completed in 1832, with characteristics of Thomas Jefferson-influenced Palladian architecture.[1] Operated by the Alabama Historical Commission Website

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Theodore

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Historic house

Mansion and 65 acres (26 ha) of historic gardens.[19]

Berman Museum of World History

Anniston

Calhoun

Northeastern

Multiple

Ancient art, weapons, photos, clothing, hands-on displays and lifelike dioramas from around the world. website

Bessemer Hall of History

Bessemer

Jefferson

Central

Local history

Housed in a historic 1916 railroad depot, displays include clothing, artifacts, photographs.[20]

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

History / African American

Depicts struggles during the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.[21]

Birmingham Museum of Art

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Art

Collections include Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts.[22]

Birmingham-Jefferson History Museum

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Local history

General history of the area, operated by the Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society website

Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama

Decatur

Morgan

Northern

Military

Private collection of Civil War artifacts

Bluff Hall

Demopolis

Marengo

Southwestern

Historic house

Mansion built by slaves in 1832.[23]

Booker T. Washington House

Tuskegee

Macon

East central

Historic house

Former home of Booker T. Washington, known as "The Oaks." On the Tuskegee Institute campus.[24]

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Historic house

Mansion built by Congressman John Bragg in 1855.[25]

Bridgeport Depot Museum

Bridgeport

Jackson

Northern

Railroad

Historic depot with local artifacts and railroad memorabilia

Buena Vista Mansion

Prattville

Autauga

Central

Historic house

Federal style plantation house built in 1822.[26]

Burritt on the Mountain

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

Historic house

Restored 19th-century houses, barnyard and animals, and exhibits

Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Decatur

Morgan

Northern

Art

website

Central-Carver Legacy Museum

Gadsden

Etowah

Northeastern

African American

website, history of the former Carver High School

Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

West central

Children's

website

Children's Museum of the Shoals

Florence

Lauderdale

Northwestern

Children's

website

Clarke County Historical Museum

Grove Hill

Clarke

Southwestern

Local history

Grounds include the Alston-Cobb House, law office, corn crib and cabin

Conde-Charlotte House

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Historic house

Rooms reflect different periods

Confederate Memorial Park

Mountain Creek

Chilton

Central

Military

Includes Alabama Confederate Soldiers Home with Civil War exhibits, two cemeteries, a church and post office. Operated by the Alabama Historical Commission

Cook's Natural Science Museum

Decatur

Morgan

Northern

Natural history

website, insects, mounted birds and animals, rocks and minerals, sea shells and coral

Cullman County Museum

Cullman

Cullman

Northern

Local history

Housed in a replica of the home of Col. John G. Cullmann, the founder of Cullman

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dauphin Island

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Natural history

Estuarium with aquariums, boardwalk, highlights four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Dexter Parsonage Museum

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

History / African American

website, church where Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. pastored from 1954–1960 and began his quest for civil rights.

Dowling Museum and Rudd Art Center

Ozark

Dale

Southeastern

Art

website

EarlyWorks Children's History Museum

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

Children's

website

Evelyn Burrow Museum

Hanceville

Cullman

Northern

Decorative arts

website, examples of delicately crafted porcelain to artful everyday wares, collection includes porcelain, pottery, glass and bronze from the Victorian era to modern times

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Historic house

information website

Fairhope Museum of History

Fairhope

Baldwin

Gulf Coast

Local history

information

Fayette Art Museum

Fayette

Fayette

Northwestern

Art

website

Fendall Hall

Eufaula

Barbour

Southeastern

Historic house

Victorian period home with furnishings and gardens, operated by the Alabama Historical Commission

First White House of the Confederacy

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Historic house

Executive residence of President Jefferson Davis and family

Foley Train Museum

Foley

Baldwin

Gulf Coast

Railroad

website, model railroads

Fort Conde

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Military

Reconstruction, at 4/5 scale, of the original 1720s French fort, operated by the History Museum of Mobile

Fort Gaines

Dauphin Island

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Military

Located on Dauphin Island, 1820s fort known for its role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War

Fort Mitchell

Fort Mitchell

Russell

East central

Military

Reconstructed 1810s fort and museum, involved in the Creek War

Fort Morgan

Gulf Shores

Baldwin

Gulf Coast

Military

The fort features an active living history program that interprets all the military periods and holds an annual event commemorating the Battle of Mobile Bay, operated by the Alabama Historical Commission

Fort Payne Depot Museum

Fort Payne

DeKalb

Northeastern

Local history

 

Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park

Wetumpka

Elmore

Central

Military

Replica 18th-century fort with living history demonstrations

Freedom Rides Museum

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

History

Bus station that was the site of a violent attack on participants in the 1961 Freedom Ride during the Civil Rights Movement

G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum

Dothan

Houston

Southeastern

Biographical

Dedicated to African American scientist George Washington Carver.[27]

Gadsden Museum of Art

Gadsden

Etowah

Northeastern

Art

website

Gaineswood

Demopolis

Marengo

Southwestern

Historic house

Greek Revival plantation house listed as a National Historic Landmark and operated by the Alabama Historical Commission Website

George Washington Carver Museum

Tuskegee

Macon

East central

Biographical

Dedicated to African American scientist George Washington Carver, on the Tuskegee Institute campus

Gorgas House

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

West central

Historic house

First building built on the University of Alabama campus, the former dining hall was later used as a faculty residence by the Confederate Chief of Ordnance and University President, Josiah Gorgas, and his family.

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Science

Science center that features three permanent exhibitions, a wide variety of traveling exhibitions, a virtual theater, and an IMAX theater.

Gulf Shores Museum

Gulf Shores

Baldwin

Gulf Coast

Local history

website

Guntersville Museum

Guntersville

Marshall

Northeastern

Multiple

website, history, art, culture, natural history, located in the Company E of the 167th Infantry of the Alabama National Guard Armory

Hank Williams Museum

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Biographical

website

Harrison Brothers Hardware Store

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

Local history

Landmark store, established in 1879, combination museum and operating hardware business[28]

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Calera

Shelby

Central

Railroad

Official state railroad museum

History Museum of Mobile

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Local history

City history, culture, decorative arts, miniature house collection, local art exhibits

Huntsville Depot

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

Railroad

City's railroad and transportation history[29]

Huntsville Museum of Art

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

Art

 

Indian Mound and Museum

Florence

Lauderdale

Northwestern

Native American

Indian mound and museum with excavated artifacts from different cultures dating back 10,000 years[30]

International Motorsports Hall of Fame

Talladega

Talladega

East central

Automotive

Racing vehicles and memorabilia

Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama

McCalla

Tuscaloosa

Central

Industry

Iron and steel manufacturing during the Civil War

Isabel Anderson Comer Museum and Arts Center

Sylacauga

Talladega

East central

Art

website

Ivy Green

Tuscumbia

Colbert

Northwestern

Historic house

Birthplace of Helen Keller.

Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall

Talladega

Talladega

East central

Local history

website

Jesse Owens Memorial Park and Museum

Oakville

Morgan

Central

Biographical

Birthplace of track and field athlete Jesse Owens, who participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics, where he won four gold medals.[31]

Joseph Wheeler Plantation

Hillsboro

Lawrence

Northern

Historic house

Former home of Confederate General Joseph Wheeler, also known as Pond Spring. Operated by the Alabama Historical Commission

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Auburn

Lee

East central

Art

Part of Auburn University, 19th and 20th century American and European Art

Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington

Columbiana

Shelby

Central

Biographical

website, art and artifacts from the colonial period through 1865 related to the George Washington family, located in the Mildred B. Harrison Regional Library

Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum

Thomasville

Clarke

Southwestern

Biographical

Dedicated to journalist, photographer and storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham, on the Alabama Southern Community College campus.

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts

Florence

Lauderdale

Northwestern

Art

Features annual and changing exhibits of artists from the Southeast[30]

Landmark Park

Dothan

Houston

Southeastern

Living history

website, Alabama's official Museum of Agriculture, includes 1890s living history farm, a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, a turn-of the-century church and a planetarium, 100 acres

Lee County Historical Society Museum

Loachapoka

Lee

East central

Local history

website, includes a frontier cabin, blacksmith shop, jail, and 20th century doctors office/pharmacy/soda fountain and post office

Magnolia Grove

Greensboro

Hale

Southwestern

Historic house

Antebellum mansion, best known as home of Rear Admiral Richmond Pearson Hobson, operated by the Alabama Historical Commission

Mann Wildlife Learning Museum

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Natural history

Part of Montgomery Zoo, wildlife dioramas with mounted mammals, mounted fish

Marietta Johnson Museum

Fairhope

Baldwin

Gulf Coast

Biographical

website, dedicated to educator Marietta Johnson

Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts

Gadsden

Etowah

Northeastern

Multiple

website, includes three galleries with changing art exhibits, Imagination Place Children's Museum

McWane Science Center

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Science

Includes Native American artifacts, minerals and fossils from the former Red Mountain Museum, Challenger Learning Center, aquarium, hands-on science exhibits

Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center and Museum

Vance

Tuscaloosa

West central

Automotive

Mercedes-Benz automobiles and plant tours by advance reservations

Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

West central

Transportation

 

Mobile Carnival Museum

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Local history

Chronicles over 300 years of Carnival and Mardi Gras in Mobile

Mobile Medical Museum

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Medical

website

Mobile Museum of Art

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Art

 

Monroe County Heritage Museums

Monroeville

Monroe

Southwestern

Multiple

website, includes Old Courthouse Museum, Rikard's Mill Historical Park, Alabama River Museum

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Art

19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculpture, Southern regional art, Old Master prints and decorative arts

Moundville Archaeological Park

Moundville

Hale

West central

Native American

Operated by the University of Alabama

Museum of East Alabama

Opelika

Lee

East central

Local history

website, local history of the Auburn/Opelika area and surrounding Lee County

National African American Archives and Museum

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

African American

Themes include slavery, African American contributions in Mobile, Alabama and the United States.

National Voting Rights Museum

Selma

Dallas

Southwestern

History / African American

History of the African-American Voting Rights and Women's Suffrage movements

Negro Southern League Museum

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Sports /History / African American

History of the Negro Southern League and Baseball in Birmingham

North Alabama Railroad Museum

Chase

Madison

Northern

Railroad

Features a rolling stock collection, a small train station and a small heritage railroad

Northport Heritage Museum

Northport

Tuscaloosa

West central

Local history

website

Oakleigh Historic Complex

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Historic house

Includes the Oakleigh Mansion, Cox-Deasy House, a former slave quarters, and the Minnie Mitchell Archives.[32]

Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum

Oakville

Lawrence

Northern

Native American

83-acre (340,000 m2) state park and museum dedicated to ancient Native American monuments and the historic Cherokee nation of the Southeast

Old Alabama Town

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Living history

Collection of historically significant buildings, brought together as a living history museum.[33]

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

Orrville

Dallas

Central

Open-air

Ghost town archaeological park with exhibits in the Welcome Center, operated by the Alabama Historical Commission

Old Courthouse Museum

Monroeville

Monroe

Southwestern

Local history

Restored 1930s period courthouse, exhibits on local authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee

Paul W. Bryant Museum

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

West central

Biographical

Football coach Bear Bryant

Phoenix Fire Museum

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Firefighting

Operated by the History Museum of Mobile, located in the restored home of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company No. 6, includes turn-of-the-century horse-drawn steam engines and early motorized vehicles[34]

Pope's Tavern

Florence

Lauderdale

Northwestern

Historic house

Historic stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, hospital and command center for both Northern and Southern armies, features local and Civil War artifacts[30]

Richards DAR House

Mobile

Mobile

Gulf Coast

Historic house

1860 Italianate house, operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution

Rickwood Field

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Sports

Oldest surviving professional baseball park in the United States

Rikard's Mill Historical Park

 

Monroe

Southwestern

Local history

Operating water-powered grist mill and museum[35]

Rock Store Museum

Skyline

Jackson

Northeastern

History

Historic general store and former New Deal co-op

Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

History / African American

Dedicated to Rosa Parks, on the Troy Universitycampus[36]

Rosenbaum House

Florence

Lauderdale

Northwestern

Historic house

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright[30]

Samuel Ullman Museum

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Biographical

website, operated by The University of Alabama at Birmingham, life and works of poet Samuel Ullman

Sci-Quest

Madison

Northern

Science

website

 

Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage Center

Scottsboro

Jackson

Northeastern

Local history

Located in the Brown-Proctor House, late 19th-century period house, area Native Americans, pioneers, local history

Shelby County Historical Society Museum

Columbiana

Shelby

Central

History

Local history

Shelby Iron Works

Columbiana

Shelby

Central

Industry

Former iron works buildings in a park setting

Shorter Mansion

Eufaula

Barbour

Southeastern

Historic house

Classic Revival house, operated by the Eufala Heritage Association

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Industry

 

Southern Environmental Center

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Natural history

Located on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College, exhibits about pollution, green living

Southern Museum of Flight

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Aviation

 

State Black Archives Research Center & Museum

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

African American

website, part of Alabama A&M University, located in James H. Wilson Hall

Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum

Stevenson

Jackson

Northeastern

Railroad

Railroad and Civil War artifacts

Sturdivant Hall

Selma

Dallas

Southwestern

Historic house

Mid 19th century Greek Revival mansion

The American Village

Montevallo

Shelby

Central

Living history

Focuses on United States history and civic education, future home of the Miniature Museum of American History. website

The MOOseum

Montgomery

Montgomery

Central

Industry

website, cattle industry in Alabama

Three Notch Museum

Andalusia

Covington

South central

Local history

Operated by the Covington Historical Society in a historic depot

Tuscaloosa Museum of Art

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

West central

Art

American art; formerly known as the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art

Tuskegee History Center

Tuskegee

Macon

East central

History / African American

website

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

Aerospace

Science, rocketry and space exploration

United States Army Aviation Museum

Fort Rucker

Dale

Southeastern

Aviation

Located on Fort Rucker, features large collection of helicopters

Vaughan-Smitherman Museum

Selma

Dallas

Southwestern

Local history

Depicts Selma's history until about 1960

Veterans Memorial Museum

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

Military

website

Vulcan Park and Museum

Birmingham

Jefferson

Central

Industry

City history, history of the Vulcan statue

W. C. Handy Home, Museum & Library

Florence

Lauderdale

Northwestern

Biographical

Birthplace of W. C. Handy, a blues composer and musician, often called the "Father of the Blues"[30]

Weeden House Museum

Huntsville

Madison

Northern

Historic house

website, home of female artist and poet Maria Howard Weeden

Wiregrass Museum of Art

Dothan

Houston

Southeastern

Art

Located in a former power and water plant, includes traveling exhibits, collection of American contemporary and pop art

 

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San Marcos Memories—disappearing North County San Diego, Ca

www.ellengillisart.com

 

Lake San Marcos—Listing of Vendors and Other Items of Interest to LSM residents

www.lsmdirectory.com

 

Silly Service—38 years of Federal Civil Service Overview (A book in progress)

www.ivanegillis.com

 




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