Museums in Alabama
Whether you're interested in Alabama's role in the history of music, the Civil Rights, the iron industry or you just want to know more about some of the state's most famous residents and natives, there's plenty of museums to keep you occupied.
The museum, which was founded in 1994, houses a collection of over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles as well as a substantial collection of Lotus and other race cars. It is considered the largest collection of its type in North America and possibly the world.
Birmingham's Civil Rights District includes Kelly Ingram Park where marches were formed and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where four young girls were killed by a racist's bomb. Across the street is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the nation's finest civil rights museum. It has 58,000 square feet of archives, galleries, community meeting rooms and exhibit spaces.
The Civil Rights Memorial honours the achievements and memory of those who died during the Civil Rights Movement, a period framed by the momentous Brown v. Board decision in 1954 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968. The memorial serves as a vehicle for education and reflection about the struggle for equality.
Established in 1959. World-famous for creating the “Muscle Shoals Sound.” Involved in production of records that have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. Open for tours – times vary.
Largest domiciliary mound in Tennessee Valley. Houses large collection of Native American relics found in area, with chronological displays and explanations of artifacts from Paleo to Historic periods.
Located near foot of Edmund Pettus Bridge, museum offers pictorial history of voting rights struggle. Displays exceptional record of events and participants that made Civil Rights history.
- Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville
Courtroom used as model for famous trial scene in To Kill a Mockingbird, movie based on Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Monroeville native Nelle Harper Lee. Annual spring performance of To Kill a Mockingbird.
State-of-the-art museum depicting events that started the bus boycott and early Civil Rights movement. Interactive, multi-media presentation.