Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery

4.7
#5 of 13 in Museums in Montgomery
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Library
The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) is the official repository of archival records for the U.S. state of Alabama. Under the direction of Thomas M. Owen its founder, the agency received state funding by an act of the Alabama Legislature on February 27, 1901. Its primary mission is the collecting and preserving of archives, documents and artifacts relating to the history of the state. It was the first publicly funded, independent state archives agency in the United States. It subsequently became a model for the establishment of archives in other states. Today the agency identifies, preserves, and makes accessible records and artifacts significant to the history of the state and serves as the official repository for records created by Alabama's state agencies.
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  • We were delighted with this museum, it gave us information and plenty of things to think about and discuss. Well set out, informative and easy to look at, at our pace. Would recommend for teens...  more »
  • Having played in many concerts in the front of the ARCHIVES I can say I really appreciate this grand building. I took California guests there and they were enthralled with the third floor...  more »
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  • If there is any place to visit in Montgomery, this will definitely be one! First and foremost, the admission is FREE. YES. FREE. I was blown away by how beautiful this building is and it feels like I am in another dimension. I marveled at the marbled interior with majestic pillars, adorning sculptures and artwork along the hallway and wall. The people who work there love working there, that tells us a lot about a place itself. I learned so much about the history of Alabama and their cultural influence by a generous display of artifacts. I was privileged to be shown a 'behind the scene' tour by a curator and get to see more things that stirred me up. This building houses about 500,000 artifacts and are still actively archiving anything that helps put bits and fragments to make Alabama history as accurate and complete as possible. Last but not least, admission is FREE. YES. FREE. Did I just say free? Yes I did and said it many times. With all the exhibits on display and their interactive and creative way of presenting these information, they charge nothing for it. This is a gem of a gem. Being an international resident who lives here, I was a like a white paper on this state's history, though I know it was rich in history. After a tour in this building, rich is understatement, rather richly preserved with dignity, where past is inherited, meant to be learned and reflected upon in the present, and be used to shape a better future where history becomes our story.
  • More artifacts and history than you can see in a day. Well worth the time. A hidden gem.

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