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Learn about Alabama’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.

Alabama Constitution Hall Park
109 Gates Ave. SE
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-564-8100
www.earlyworks.com/alabama-constitution-hall-park

Step inside the picket fence and be transported back to 1819. Hear the whir of the spinning wheel, smell the aroma of bread baking over an open fire, turn the great wheel lathe in the cabinetmaker’s shop and visit with villagers busy with their daily tasks, seemingly unaware that nearly two centuries have come and gone. This living village captures Alabama’s history and spirit. Check out the tourist site’s extensive makeover, part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration for 2019.

Burritt on the Mountain
3101 Burritt Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-536-2882
www.burrittonthemountain.com

These open-air museum grounds on Round Top Mountain, a plateau connected to Monte Sano Mountain, were the estate of local physician William Burritt, who willed his house and land to the city for use as a museum upon his death in 1955. A number of 19th-century rural structures have been added to Burritt’s mansion, both in the interest of historical preservation and life re-enactments.

Earlyworks Childrens Museum
404 Madison St.
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-564-8100
www.earlyworks.com/earlyworks-childrens-museum

Touch, climb, pull, explore — it’s all encouraged at the Earlyworks Children’s Museum. Kids can hear stories from the Talking Tree, play a tune on the giant-sized instruments at the Alabama bandstand and try their hand at building in the Kidstruction Zone. Explore a 46-foot keelboat, trade your wares at the General Store and try on 1800s clothing in the federal house.

Huntsville Depot and Museum
320 Church St.
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-564-8100
www.earlyworks.com/historic-huntsville-depot

Hear the rattle of the tracks and the engineer’s whistle as you experience life on the rails in 1860. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the depot was the local passenger house and corporate offices for the eastern division of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. An active passenger station until 1968, the original depot building is maintained as a cherished part of Huntsville’s transportation history and the city’s growth.

Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church St.
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-535-4350
http://hsvmuseum.org

The Huntsville Museum of Art, North Alabama’s leading visual arts center, moved to a beautiful, updated facility in March 1998. The nationally accredited museum fills its seven galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling shows and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The museum’s 2,300-piece permanent collection forms the basis for several exhibitions each year.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805 256-837-3400
http://rocketcenter.com

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center was the first official NASA Visitors’ Information Center and showcases Huntsville’s role in the emerging field of manned spaceflight. It is filled with interactive exhibits and simulators and houses nearly 1,500 artifacts from America’s space program, including the authentic Apollo 16 Command Module, which carried three astronauts to the moon, a Skylab solar array and an original Saturn V moon rocket — a National Historic Landmark. It shows movies daily in its 3D Digital Theater and Huntsville’s only full-dome IMAX Theater with a 67-foot screen. The center is also home to weeklong Space Camp and Aviation Challenge Camp programs, immersive educational programs that place trainees in authentic astronaut and pilot training.

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