Did you know that when you visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History, you are walking through the same corridors that families have done for over 150 years, enjoying their own family day out? Quite an amazing thought!
The amazing Alabama Museum of Natural History celebrates and explores the states natural history and ancient past through collections and exhibits. Here, kids can discover what makes Alabama so special, by uncovering what went on through the ages of time, from the Ice Age, to the Coal Age, and yes, even the Age of the Dinosaurs!
The exhibits take you back through 500 million years, with some of the very first fossils found in the state on display. Through these, you can discover ancient life, and it's archaeological past.
You can see examples of fossil trackways made by an ancient creature during the Coal Age, and even see the state fossil of Alabama!
Kids can explore a number of skeletons that show how skeletal structure helps survival in certain environments, and explore the Hodges meteorite - the ONLY meteorite known to have struck a human!
Yes kids, we mentioned dinosaurs, and the Alabama Museum of Natural History has those too. They have several pieces of an Elasmosaur, which is a prehistoric reptile that resembles the famous Loch Ness Monster, and more!
A fascinating first hand look at 500 million years of history, all in the one fascinating Alabama museum!
The Museum is located in Smith Hall on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Capstone Drive on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa.
From Birmingham: Take Interstate 20/59 S to Tuscaloosa exit 73, McFarland Blvd. Head West on McFarland Blvd toward the University of Alabama. Exit right onto University Blvd. Follow University Blvd to Hackberry Lane. Make a right onto Hackberry Lane and turn into the second parking lot on your left behind Smith Hall (yellow brick building).
From Montgomery: Take Hwy 82 W to Tuscaloosa. Exit right onto University Blvd. Follow University Blvd to Hackberry Lane. Make a right onto Hackberry Lane and turn into the second parking lot on your left behind Smith Hall (yellow brick building).
$3.00 students (K to 12)
Grab something to eat in the area, there are plenty of places!
There are a few museums on the University of Alabama campus, so why not make a day of it!
Make sure you stop by the Gift Shop, as you can pick up a whole range of items relating to the museum, from books, minerals, jewelry and much more!
The Museum’s Field Science Program offers a range of innovative learning experiences designed around the fundamentals of true science: exploration, adventure, and discovery, so get those students booked in an exploring!
Give them a call to check the accessibility of the exhibits, they will be happy to help!
There are five dedicated visitor parking spaces in the lot behind Smith Hall. Upon arrival you can receive a parking pass from the front reception desk that will entitle you to one hour of free parking.