5918 Monticello Dr.
Montgomery, AL 36117
Phone: (334) 387-2585
Fax: (334) 387-2595
Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Rosa Parks is a very popular name as far as the African-American revolutionary movement is concerned; thus it's no surprise that the Troy University has established a Rosa Parks Library & Museum. The museum is an eye opener as it educates you in detail about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that Rosa Parks started. There are exhibitions, cultural events and various other programs that help you learn more about this revolutionary movement. The museum also has various other activities for children as well as adults to make your visit to this place all the more entertaining.
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.
A visit to the Children's Wing at the Rosa Parks will, literally, take you back to the time when racial segregation and its effect was present in the society. The Cleveland Time machine presents a simulated Montgomery bus inside which neatly unfolds the event of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that took place in 1955, much to the delight of the kids. The simulated journey would also take you through the role of Rosa Parks and other followers of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement. Other section of the Wing comprises historic documents, artifacts and oral testimonials of the men and women involved in the boycott movement. Call or visit their website for more information.