Museums in Alabama

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 Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum 

This is the only museum dedicated to the lives and legacies of the famous literary couple, so an absolute must for any literature enthusiasts. This was the home they shared for two years, and today is filled with photographs, letters, and artwork that catalogues their time here.

This 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.

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Located in Birmingham's Civil Rights District, this museum chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement. Its permanent exhibitions are a self-directed journey through the contributions Birmingham made to the war on racial inequality. Through multimedia exhibits, visitors can experience the African-American historical experience of subjugation. One of these exhibits, The Oral History Project, is particularly powerful; using the voices of Movement participants, it charts Birmingham's role in the racial struggle. The archives at the Institute serve as a national Civil Rights resource for researchers and social history educators.

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. 

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