The museums maintain extensive research collections, provide public education programs, and house exhibits that reflect the history and culture of Alabama. The University of Alabama Museum facilities are available for rent after hours for special events.

Alabama Museum of Natural History

UA's Alabama Museum of Natural History is located in historic Smith Hall, 427 6th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, at the northeast corner of the campus quadrangle. The Grand Gallery, surrounded by ornate Corinthian columns leading to a majestic glass roof, is one of the most beautiful interiors on The University of Alabama campus—perhaps in Alabama. It exhibits the only meteorite known to have struck a human, a 63-foot replica of our state fossil (Basilosauras cetoides), as well as fossils, rocks, and minerals from the Coal Age, Dinosaur Age, and Ice Age. The Museum’s scientific collections are available for academic research in adjacent Mary Harmon Bryant Hall and are accessible by appointment.

Year-round adventures offered include field trips, workshops, presentations, school group activities, and special paleontological or archaeological projects, as well as foreign and domestic nature travel.

The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission is charged. For more information, please visit the website at www.museums.ua.edu, phone (205) 348-7550, or email museum.programs@ua.edu.

Produced by UA's Alabama Museum of Natural History, the Emmy award-winning environmental education TV program, Discovering Alabama, airs on Alabama Public Television. The series incorporates a sense of adventure and reflects the geology, geography, and flora and fauna of Alabama and their important ecological relationships as host Dr. Doug Phillips explores Alabama’s forests, rivers, and wildlands on location by backcountry hiking and canoeing. Programs are sold on DVD and companion teacher guides are available for most episodes. Discovering Alabama also offers virtual field trips of Alabama at www.vft.ua.edu.

For a show list, please visit the website www.aptv.org or www.discoveringalabama.org, phone (205) 348-2039 or email info@discoveringalabama.org.

Moundville Archaeological Park*

Described as the Big Apple of the 14th century and America’s largest city north of Mexico 800 years ago, UA's Moundville Archaeological Park is a 320-acre National Historic Landmark with more than 25 preserved prehistoric Indian mounds. The site includes a campground, picnic areas, a boardwalk nature trail, the Nelson B. Jones Riverbend Lodge, and the Jones Archaeological Museum. After the $5 million renovation and expansion of the museum, spectacular exhibits feature recreated scenes with life-sized figures, special effects, and a stunning collection of some of the finest prehistoric artifacts ever found in the United States.

The annual Moundville Native American Festival, held the first full week of October, provides a unique and unforgettable educational experience to discover the rich culture of our region’s original inhabitants. Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole descendants return for a “homecoming” at the Moundville site.

A variety of programs for children and adults are offered teaching Native American culture, arts, and technologies. For more information, please visit the website at www.museums.ua.edu, phone (205) 371-2234 or (205) 371-2572, or email llrasco@ua.edu.

The park and museum are open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is charged.

Gorgas House Museum

Built in 1829 as a dining hall for students, the Gorgas House Museum is the oldest structure on UA’s campus and is one of only a few buildings to survive the burning of the campus by Union troops during the Civil War. It became known as the Gorgas House because in the late 19th century it was the residence of former Confederate General Josiah Gorgas (1818-1883), who served briefly as president of the University, and his wife, Amelia Gayle Gorgas (1826-1913), who served as UA librarian. The house also serves as a memorial to their son, General William Crawford Gorgas (1854-1920). He is famous for implementing measures responsible for eliminating yellow fever, thereby allowing construction of the Panama Canal and for his service as Surgeon General of the U.S. Armed Forces during WWI. The building is now a house museum and education center with collections of antiques and Gorgas family memorabilia.

The Gorgas House Museum is open to visitors Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, please visit the website at www.museum.ua.edu, phone (205) 348-5906 or (205) 348-7550, or email gorgashouse@ua.edu.

Source: Alabama Museum of Natural History