American Journeys RV Travel Information
HUNTSVILLE Camping Events Good Food History Shopping Sight Seeing Sites Close By Sports/Golf Tips for Travelers For More Info Return to State Index Recommend this site to your RVing friends MUSEUMS
A trip to the Burritt Museum and Park, 3101 Burritt Dr SE, 256-536-2882; will give you a chance to see exhibits on local Native American artifacts, early medical instruments, and 19th century decorative arts. On the 167-acre grounds you'll also find a log cabin, a blacksmith shop, a smokehouse, and a wood framed church. As you tour the 14 room mansion, which houses the museum, you may wonder why the walls are so thick. The physician that built the home had bales of hay placed between the walls for insulation, a practice which is now becoming popular again in New Mexico and Arizona. Since this museum is on top of Monte Sano Mountain, it is a perfect place to take advantage of the picnic tables and wonderful view of the city.
Next on your museum stop is the wonderful, EarlyWorks Children's History Museum, 404 Madison St, 256-564-8100. Here you will find a 16 foot folk tale telling tree, a life-sized floating keel boat, a log cabin, and lots of other neat hands-on historical exhibits to explore.
When you are finished here, head next door to the Huntsville Depot Museum, 320 Chirch St North 256-539-8100. Housed in a 1860s train depot, this museum features an audio-visual presentation about Huntsville history, and exhibits on transportation, commerce, and industry. You'll also enjoy watching the antics of the station-master, telegrapher, and engineer, who come to you courtesy of robotics. Also don't rush away before you read at least a few of the telegraphed messages from the 1860s that are hung on the station walls. Then hop a ride on the Depot Trolley for a quick 30 minute swing around town.
You can continue your trip back through time by visiting the Weeden House Museum, 300 Gates Ave, 256-536-7718. Built in 1819, this is the only home in the historic Twickenham District opened to the public. Touring this birthplace of 19th century poet and artist Maria Howard Weeden, will give you a chance to see Federal architecture up close including the elaborate interior and exterior detailing. Of particular note is the leaded-glass fanlight above the front door.
If you are traveling with children they will enjoy a stop at Sci-Quest, 102-D Wynn Drive, 256-0606. Here they can burn off energy at the more than 120 hands-on exhibits or head to Immersive Theater where they can enjoy 3D images complete with surround sound.
Art lovers will want to schedule some time at the Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church St SW, 256-535-4350. Here you will find four galleries featuring paintings, prints, sculptures, art objects, and traveling exhibitions.
While history lovers will want to spend their time exploring the Alabama Center of Military History/Veterans Memorial Museum, 2060A Airport Rd, 256-883-3737, open Wed-Sat. Here you can enjoy viewing displays of equipment and artifacts used from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Included in these exhibits are 30 historical military vehicles, some as old as WWI, including the oldest Jeep in the world and a 1942 Harley WLA Motorcycle.
ADD YOUR EXPERIENCES Copyright© 1998-2012Wynmor Inc. with all rights reserved. American Journeys Terms & Conditions of Use