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Alabama Museum of Natural History

427 6th Avenue, Tuscaloosa (University of Alabama Campus)

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4:30 pm Experience the natural diversity of Alabama, view collections of geology, mineralogy, history and paleontology. House in historic Smith Hall, the museum is the first building on campus to be built in the twentieth century and one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the region. See the Hodges meteorite, the only meteorite known to have struck a human being. After hour rentals, special tours available.  Admission charged.

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Mercedes-Benz Museum and Visitor Center

11 Mercedes Drive, Vance

Experience the star-studded history of Daimler-Benz, the world’s premier automobile manufacturer. The story is chronicled in the Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center, the first of its kind outside Germany. This architectural showcase, adjacent to Daimler’s only U.S. automobile manufacturing plant, brings to life the company’s vision – to produce nothing less than the most exceptional automobiles in the world.

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Murphy African-American Museum

2601 Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa

A must-see for black heritage scholars and amateurs alike. The lifestyle of affluent black citizens in the early 1900s is depicted in this house built by William J. Murphy, the first black licensed mortician in Tuscaloosa. Changing exhibits of local, state and national achievements of African-Americans are offered. African-American contractors built the two story bungalow in the late 1920s with brick and hand-hewn sills salvaged from the old State Capital building in Tuscaloosa.

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The Paul W. Bryant Museum

300 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa (University of Alabama Campus)

Hours: Open Daily, 9am – 4pm. Guided tours for groups by appointment. Gift Shop. The Paul W. Bryant Museum is the place where “football season never ends!” Named in memory of the legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, the museum showcases over 100 years of Alabama football history. A major tourist destination in Tuscaloosa, the Bryant Museum is a “must see” attraction. The exhibit hall highlights teams, players and coaches from the 1892 season to the present with memorabilia, trophies, photos, art, videos and interactive computers. The media, public and researchers depend on the Bryant Museum research library as a source for images and information. Private parties, civic groups, businesses and conventions choose the Bryant Museum’s unique atmosphere for after-hour tours and receptions. Admission charged.

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The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art

1400 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa

Home of the Westervelt Collection

Hours: 12-5pm Tues.-Fri. , 10-5 on Sat. and 1-5 pm on Sunday. Located on Jack Warner Parkway, the museum includes the holdings of Jack Warner and include interior furnishings dating from 1700 to 1865. Paintings by more than 40 different artist, including the works of Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent. Recognized as one of the most extensive collections of 19th and early 20th century American art in the nation. Admission charged.

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Historic Tuscaloosa

Website of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society

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Moundville Archaeological Park

1 Mound Parkway, Moundville

Located 12 miles south of Tuscaloosa on Hwy 69. Eight hundred years ago, Moundville was one of the largest and most powerful prehistoric Native American societies in North America. This National landmark site is a division of the University of Alabama. The museum contains artifacts unearthed at the site. Exhibits interpret the lifestyles of the natives who lived here during prehistoric times. The gift shop offers an excellent selection of books and Indian crafts. Grounds are open daily from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The museum is open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from March through October and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from November through February. Closed major holidays. Admission charged

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Northport Heritage Museum

1991 Park Street, Northport

The Northport Heritage Museum is located next to the Northport Community Center on Park Street near Downtown Northport. This 1907 Victorian era home was the residence of the Josh Palmer family and descendants for many years. Restoration efforts began in 1998 and the facility was completed in October 2001. The restoration of the Museum was funded through local donations. Each room is named after a heritage donor family. The Museum has many exhibits and photographs detailing the history of Northport from Native American history, settlement in 1816, through the decades to today. Among the special exhibits are the A.H. Bean World Photographic Collection and the Peterson Military Uniform Collection. The Museum is open the second and forth Saturday of each month from 10am – 1pm or by appointment. Group & school tours are available.

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Tuscaloosa Transportation Museum

1901 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa

The Queen City Bath House serves the Tuscaloosa community as the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum in offering opportunities for education and in assisting the preservation of our region’s historic artifacts. By maintaining the historic Queen City Park along the Black Warrior River, the Transportation Museum plans to advance knowledge and appreciation of Tuscaloosa’s local and regional history and natural resources through exhibits, museum educational programs and educational outreach efforts.

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Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum

This digital collection focuses on historic photographs of the Tuscaloosa area including the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport as well as the surrounding areas. Future plans call for the inclusion of interviews with leaders and residents of the area.

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