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Arts & Museums
Situated in the heart of the region, Coca-Cola Space Science Center is owned and operated by the Columbus State University. This center encourages learning about astronomy with their interactive displays. It features a Omnisphere Theater, Mead Observatory and Challenger Learning Center for the enthusiasts. Coca-Cola Space Science Center is also used as researching and teaching property for the astronomy students. You can even plan hosting a birthday party here as this space center provides facilities for the same. Visit their website for more information.
The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus is distinguished as being the lone museum in U.S. that describes the tale of the Union and Confederate navies during the Civil War. It contains American Civil War military vessels, uniforms, equipment and weapons of that period. But the main focal point is the 180-foot (55 m) hull of the CSS Jackson which was sunk during the Civil War and recovered from the bed of the Chattahoochee river in the 1960s. The guided tours are highly informative and there is a museum shop to look for mementos. The museum also regularly arranges for interactive events like the battle experience theater and an interactive Confederate ironclad ship simulator.
As the name alludes, this museum is a dedication to an important aspect of a student's backpack, the lunch box. Located within International Marketplace's River Market Antique Mall, the Lunch Box Museum features over 2000 of these food containers, from the early 20th-century metal boxes to present day plastic kits. Allen Woodall's fascination with these lesser appreciated accessory led him to establish this museum. Guests can even purchase a replication of a box on display.
Tour the Hills and Dales Estate, and grab a great experience of a historic home. With an estate that spreads over 35 acres of land, one can take a walk through the beautifully architectured home, historical gardens, and experience serenity and tranquility. Holiday tours are organised too, the house is at it's best at Christmas when it is well ornated and various events relating the same are conducted.
Housed inside the beautiful Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is dedicated to preserving fine artwork by some of the revolutionary painters of the past. Apart from this, the museum also hosts some unique collectibles like works on paper and old prints that date back to the 15th century and dainty porcelain pieces. You can choose to book a free tour of the museum or explore the place with an audio tour. Check website for more information.
Explore the 40-acre (16-hectare) Montgomery Zoo to get acquainted with the animal kingdom. Established in 1935, there are several exhibits of fauna categorized on the basis of continent of origin. Admire the greenery while watching the animals on this exciting adventure. A ride on the miniature trains helps get a better view of the animals in their natural habitats.
The Dexter Parsonage Museum is a historical home where ministers from the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church lived. The other reason for the museum's popularity is that the great Dr. Martin Luther King and his family resided here between 1954 and 1960 during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Garden of Reflection situated at the back of the museum is a tranquil spot with magnolia trees, white azaleas, crape myrtles and a pathway that goes around it. To know more about the Dexter Parsonage Museum, a visit to their website is recommended.
The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is dedicated to the eponymous couple and their literary legacy. The museum was once home to them and their daughter, and is the only still-standing residence of the couple. Zelda’s paintings are of particular interest, and there are also books, manuscripts, pictures, memorabilia, and more. With a number of literary events organized throughout the year, this museum is a must visit for enthusiasts. For more information, visit their website.
A National Historic Landmark, the Alabama State Capitol is also included in the National Register of Historic Places. The capitol is actually the state's fourth capitol building and was designed in the Greek revival style with a hint of Beaux-Arts in 1851, and has been renovated several times. In 1861, when the Confederacy was formed, the building served as the capitol of the Confederate States of America. Now, open to visitors, one can explore important areas like the old governors office and old senate chamber among others. You can visit and explore this historical landmark sans any admission price.
The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the official collector and curator of the heritage of Alabama. This institution, established in 1901, archives material related to the state's history and culture. Its museum displays several portraits, paintings, sculpture, artifacts and memorabilia of people and events that shaped Alabama.
The political center of Montgomery houses the Civil Rights Memorial. The memorial was designed in order to pay tribute to the 40 individuals who lost their lives during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through carved timelines, names and quotes, the site tells visitors the story of the struggles and achievements of the fighters during the political movement. A site steeped in history, it also houses a library and museum. The Wall of Tolerance is an interesting concept that displays the names of pledged visitors who have 'taken a stand against hate' and work to propagate justice and tolerance. Every story displayed here and every exhibit presented is indeed quite touching and inspirational. Certainly, a site worth discovering.
One of the most celebrated country musicians in the world, Hank Williams has fans that span several generations. The Hank Williams Museum is the right place to visit if you want to glimpse into the life and music of this legend. Check out memorabilia from his music collection, his famous 1952 Cadillac, musical instruments, apparel and the statue of the singer. The Hank Williams Museum is truly a trip down memory lane; visit the museum shop for souvenirs.