Historical Attractions in Alabama with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Alabama!)

Alabama is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Heart of Dixie  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Alabama’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Alabama when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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    Birmingham

    The ASHOF has over 5,000 sports artifacts elegantly displayed in the 33,000 square foot building. Out of ESPN's list of the top 100 athletes of the century, five out of the top fifteen greatest ever ...

  • McWane Science Center

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    Birmingham

    A nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder from an amazing collection of dinosaurs to innovative environmental showcases, ...

  • The MOOseum

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    Montgomery

    Each year, about 10,000 school children and adults tour The MOOseum. The MOOseum opened in 1995 and offers a fun and interactive way for people of all ages to learn about Alabama's $3 billion beef ...

  • Old Alabama Town

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    Montgomery

    Old Alabama Town is a collection of authentically restored 19th and 20th century structures. A place where people of all ages have fun learning about Central Alabama's history, architecture and ...

  • Rosa Parks Library and Museum

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    Montgomery

    The Rosa Parks Library and Museum serves as an historical milestone to those who strive to understand the event that began the famous bus boycott. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

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    Birmingham

    Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks ...

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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    Birmingham

    The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute documents the struggle of African-American citizens in Birmingham (BCRI) to become full participants in the city's government and business community.

  • Alabama Constitution Village

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    Huntsville

    Transport back to 1819 at this historic Alabama museum, where kids can dress up, learn, and spend the day 200 years in the past!

  • Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center

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    Huntsville

    A hands-on science center with more than 100 permanent, interactive exhibits in 7 different subject areas.

  • US Space and Rocket Center

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    Huntsville

    From incredible artifacts of our nation's space program, to hands-on interactive exhibits and space travel simulators, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center experience is unlike any other. One of the many ...

  • Tuskegee Airmen NHS

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    Tuskegee

    In the 1940's Tuskegee, Alabama became home to a "military experiment" to train America's first African-American military pilots. In time the "experiment" became known as the Tuskegee Experience and ...

  • The American Village

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    Montevallo

    Step back in time to the birth of our country by joining costumed historical interpreters in a village of living history. You will be able to witness significant events that led to the birth of the ...

  • Llamas Camps and Friends

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    Jasper

    Llamas, Camps, and Friends invite you to visit a working llama ranch in Goodsprings, Alabama. You can expirence first-hand, the calm and magic of the almost mystical llama. One of the many fun family ...

  • USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

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    Mobile

    Learning about history has never been so fun with the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. A beautiful reminder of our heroes.

  • Moundville Archaeological Park

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    Moundville

    Meet history and nature at this museum site where one can experience the Lost Realm of the Black Warrior and the spirit of the outdoors with the site's nature trail and Black Warrior River.

  • Fort Gaines

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    Dauphin Island

    A significantly historical and architectural experience bound to captivate kids' imaginations and educate the curious. ALso bird sanctuary, campground and beach.

  • Helen Kellers Birthplace

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    West Tuscumbia

    Learn about Helen Keller and experience her environment in authentic fashion with plentiful artefacts and memorabilia in this historic home in Alabama

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  • Anniston Museum of Natural History

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    Anniston

    Kids can explore the wilds of Africa, the mysteries of 2,000 year old mummies, and the wonders of the North American wilderness in this fascinating Alabama Natural History Museum. An educational AND ...

  • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

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    Birmingham

    A great collection of over 1300 vintage and modern motorcycles, as well as the largest collection of Lotus Race Cars in the entire world! Great fun for those engine loving families and kids! Vroom ...

  • Birmingham Museum of Art

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    Birmingham

    More than 17,000 objects represent a rich panorama of cultures, including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American. Highlights include the Museum's collection of Asian ...

  • The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

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    Montgomery

    For seventy years, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has been a showcase for the visual arts in Central Alabama. A primary focus of the Museum's mission is collecting and preserving works by some of ...

  • The Hank Williams Museum

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    Montgomery

    Containing the most complete collection of memorabilia, the Official Hank Williams Museum is located in Downtown Montgomery where Hank lived from 1937 - 1953. Come and visit the place where the man ...

  • Paul W Bryant Museum

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    Tuscaloosa

    The museum exhibits artifacts and memorabilia that trace the long history of University of Alabama football. State-of-the-art displays enhanced by videos highlighting great players, plays and games ...

  • Childrens Museum of the Shoals

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    Florence

    The Children's Museum of the Shoals, Inc. offers hands-on exhibits and programs geared specifically to the developmental stages and needs of children. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Huntsville Museum of Art

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    Huntsville

    The Museum fills its seven galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling exhibits and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The ...

  • Berman Museum of World History

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    Anniston

    Featuring more than 8000 artifacts, Berman Museum of World History offers a unique opportunity to view ancient treasures and objects from all over the world.

  • Museum of East Alabama

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    Opelika

    The museum displays the history of East Central Alabama.

  • Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

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    Calera

    Our museum features operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, and an outdoor collection of railroad cars, ...

  • Museum of George Washington

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    Columbiana

    A fascinating and educational collection of art and artifacts from the colonial period, through to 1865. Take the family on a journey through America's past, including items owned by Washington ...

  • Cullman County Museum

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    Cullman

    Interactive displays and modern exhibits stand ready for you to experience the rich German heritage, native American lifestyles, adventure of early pioneers and Deep South folklore when you visit ...

  • Army Aviation Museum

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    Fort Rucker

    A fascinating museum that maintains a collection of over 160 military aircraft, including one of the largest collections of military helicopters in the world!

  • Mobile Carnival Museum

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    Mobile

    The Mobile Carnival Museum highlights the history of Mardi Gras in its true birthplace - Mobile Alabama.

  • Alabama Museum Of Natural History

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    Tuscaloosa

    Experience the natural diversity of Alabama through exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs, the Coal Age, and the Ice Age. View the extensive displays of geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, ...

  • Earlyworks Children's History Museum

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    Huntsville

    Designed for children, it's the South's largest hands-on history museum where kids can learn through play and discovery!

  • Southern Environmental Center

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    Birmingham

    A new interactive museum. Visitors of all ages can slide down the giant sewage pipe, attempt to lift a week's worth of garbage and interact with other fun and interesting exhibits.