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

Alabama Department of Archives and History

624 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36130

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the oldest state-funded archive in the nation. It features a genealogical research facility and more than 500,000 museum artifacts that tell the stories of the people of Alabama. Subjects of the collections include Native Americans, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Alabama politics. Admission is free.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N
Birmingham, AL 35203

Dedicated to the celebration and history of Alabama’s sports heritage, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is packed with sports treasures. More than 5,000 artifacts are displayed in the 33,000-square-foot building, including Super Bowl and Heisman trophies, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s houndstooth hat and Charles Barkley memorabilia.

Civil Rights Memorial

400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104

This memorial honors those who died during the civil rights movement. The circular black granite table is inscribed with names of the martyrs and the history of the movement. The Civil Rights Memorial Center adjacent to the memorial houses exhibits, a theater and educational activities, as well as the Wall of Tolerance, which displays the names of more than a half-million people who have pledged to take a stand against hate and work for justice and tolerance in their daily lives.

Dexter Parsonage Museum

309 S. Jackson St.
Montgomery, AL 36103

The Dexter Parsonage Museum has been the historic home of 12 pastors of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. The parsonage was the residence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his young family from 1954 to 1960. The nine-room, clapboard parsonage was built in 1912. It has been restored to its appearance during King’s residence. At the Interpretive Center next to the parsonage, guests can view videos and photos of King’s life. The center includes a gift shop.

The King-Johns Garden for Reflection is at the rear of the parsonage. A circular walkway in the magnolia tree-lined garden symbolizes unity and is a quiet place for thought.

The Hank Williams Museum

118 Commerce St.
Montgomery, AL 36104

The Hank Williams Museum contains the most complete collection of the late country singer’s memorabilia: more than 35 showcases of personal artifacts, including his 1952 baby blue Cadillac, two life-size portraits, records, awards, suits, clothing and accessories, the microphone and stand he used during his last performance and more.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

1 Museum Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117

Founded in 1930, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts mounts rotating displays of historical American art, old masters, porcelain and glass collections, Southern regional art and more. Visitors can enjoy traveling exhibitions, schedule a tour, or check out the museum gift store and cafe. Admission is free.

Rosa Parks Library and Museum

252 Montgomery St.
Montgomery, AL 36104

A tribute to Rosa Parks, this museum highlights the civil-rights era with video, artifacts, historical documents, a statue of Parks and a replica of the bus on which she refused to give up her seat.

The Fitzgerald Museum

919 Felder Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36106

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is dedicated to celebrating the lives and works of the Jazz Age couple. The museum is in the house where Scott, Zelda and their daughter, Scottie, lived from fall 1931 to spring 1932. There, Scott worked on his novel “Tender Is the Night” and Zelda worked on her only novel, “Save Me the Waltz.” The museum holds special events throughout the year, including an annual gala.

W.A. Gayle Planetarium

1010 Forest Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36106

One of the largest planetariums between Atlanta and New Orleans, the W.A. Gayle Planetarium accommodates more than 200 theater-style seats. Built in 1968, the planetarium recently underwent a major renovation, adding 22 projectors and a new sound system. The planetarium offers family programs, special events and enchanting and educational shows about space. For information on current shows, visit the planetarium’s website.

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