1115 Audubon Lane
Athens, AL 35611
Phone: (256) 232-4700
Fax: (256) 232-4222
Arts & Museums
Children and adults will be fascinated by the various displays of animal and insect life on display. Located just minutes from downtown Decatur, near area restaurants and lodging.
Located in prestigious Research Park, Sci-Quest is housed in a 40,000 square foot facility with interactive exhibits for people of all ages. At this self-guided facility visitors can whisper over 100 feet, peer into infinity, test gravity, and enjoy many other exciting activities.
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.
Climb on locomotives, examine Civil War graffiti and more at Historic Huntsville Depot.
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!
History happens at EarlyWorks, a new and innovative history complex located in the heart of downtown. The EarlyWorks Museum provides a fresh approach to history education with hands-on learning while promoting programs, activities, exhibits, and special events for all ages. Features a learning center, talking clock, keel boat a Biscuits Backyard and more.
Territorial period buildings have been reconstructed on their original sites to make up this living history museum. Constitution Village helps visitors relive the period when this area was the meeting place for territorial leaders in 1819 to draw up the state's constitution.
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.
A unique museum of regional history is housed in the mountaintop home of Dr. William Henry Burritt. The remarkable 14-room mansion was built in the shape of an X. The Historic Park contains restored farm buildings which interpret rural life during 1850's and 1900's. Many nature trails wind through heavily wooded forest.