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Athens, AL 35611
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Arts & Museums
Cooks Natural Science Museum is a local gem of an attraction in Decatur. The museum has a wide collection of rare insects, mounted birds, exotic animals, rocks and minerals and coral. The site will surely impress all the nature lovers.
Adding glee to the Tennessee River Valley in Wheeler, Alabama is the Joseph Wheeler Plantation. It is often referred to as the "General Joe Wheeler Home" or the "Pond Spring." It was established by John P. Hickman and boasts 1760 acres (710 hectares) of land area. The Alabama Historical Commission manages this property. The plantation is open for viewing from Wednesday to Saturday, 9:00a through 4:00p. The site staff is efficient and arranges for guided tours. Surrounding the house are a whole lot of gardens, cemeteries, grounds and historic buildings that can be explored.
A former railway station of 1860s, Huntsville Historic Depot has been turned into a railway museum where one can get a peek into Alabama railway history and its importance during the Civil War. The recorded voice of the ticket agent, Andy, taking you through the museum artifacts, and the background score of roaring railway tracks, overall makes this a one-of-a-kind experience. If a celebration is on your mind, then a group tour of the museum coupled with a private bash hosted at their 200-seater rental space, Roundhouse, is the best bet. For further details, check the website.
Housed inside a pretty, white building inside the Big Spring International Park, the Huntsville Museum of Art pretty much defines the visual arts scene in Northern Alabama with its innovative range of exhibitions. Their permanent collection consists of a whopping 2522 exhibits spread across 7 galleries, while traveling exhibits showcase the best art works from across the globe. Private events, wedding receptions and conferences can be organized here effectively, while the museum also has workshops, classes and musical events for kids and adults. A visit here is a consummate cultural experience for sure!
The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum is a nationally-famous war museum. It exhibits artifacts of the American Revolution War and is famous for preserving the Ford Pygmy, the oldest jeep in the world.
The Nobska Railroad Museum features an interesting exhibition of a rolling stock, a small train station, and a traditional railroad. Its main motto is to preserve the history of the local railroad system for coming generations to view and enjoy. This landmark is run by over 100 volunteers and is free of cost, and is a popular tourist attraction.