Tuscaloosa Museums and the Arts
Paul W. Bryant Museum - Bryant was national coach of the year three times, SEC coach of the year eight times, coached six national championship teams and on November 28, 1981, he became the winningest coach in the history of college football. Bryant retired from coaching with an astonishing 323 victories. The museum features a broad range of Alabama Crimson Tide exhibits.
CHOM - The Children's Hands On Museum is where children Explore, Create and Discover every time they visit. When we say “hands-on” we really mean it! Learning through play is what our exhibits are all about, and you are encouraged to touch, feel and play in our exhibits. Three floors of fun wait for families and school groups, too. With 21 exhibits, CHOM offers newborns through age 13 a fabulous place just for them! Exhibits, special events, holiday celebrations and parties are all waiting at CHOM!
Alabama Museum of Natural History - 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, ethnology, history, and photography. Explore the Alabama Museum of Natural History housed in historic Smith Hall, 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, and the State Fossil of Alabama: Basilosaurus cetoides.
Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art - The Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art celebrates significant American historical events and figures. Our collection includes portraits of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette, for which the subjects actually sat. Also on display is silver fashioned by Paul Revere, furniture designed and made by Duncan Phyfe, Charles Honore Lannuier and Joseph Barry, among others.
Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion - The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion (constructed 1859-1862) was one of the last and one of the most elaborate great houses to be built in Alabama before the state's economy was devastated by the Civil War. The builder, wealthy planter and business man , Robert Jemison, Jr., spared no expense to create a "state of the art" home for his family. The Italianate style house was designed by Philadelphia architect John Stewart who was in Tuscaloosa supervising the construction of the Alabama Insane Hospital (now Bryce Hospital).
The Gorgas House - Built in 1829, the Gorgas House was the first structure to be built on the University of Alabama campus and stands as an excellent example of Low Country architecture. The Gorgas House is one of only four buildings on campus to survive the Civil War and the only one designed by renowned architect William Nichols. Originally built as a "hotel" or "steward's hall." The house served as a dining hall for the University students until the mid-19th century when it became a faculty residence. The Gorgas family lived there from 1879-1953. The residence is now a house museum with collections of antiques and Gorgas family memorabilia. The Gorgas House may be rented for special events.
Mercedes-Benz Museum - 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. Much more than a museum, the Visitor Center's exhibits propel people down a multimedia path through the past, present, and future of automotive technology.
Sarah Moody Gallery of Art - The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at The University of Alabama presents a year-round schedule of changing exhibitions devoted to contemporary arts. The gallery provides artistic and cultural enrichment for the university and West Alabama communities and is committed to representing a diverse range of artistic practices primarily through exhibition and lectureship.
The Jones Archaeological Museum in Moundville - The Jones Archaeological Museum was opened and dedicated on May 16, 1939 at what was then known as "Mound State Monument." Built with labor from the Civilian Conservation Corps, the museum was originally designed with two wings containing burials and a central section with exhibits displaying artifacts recovered from the site. The burials were closed in 1989, and a theater and exhibit halls were designed to replace the burial wings. Today, the museum houses artifacts and interpretive exhibits providing information on more than 60 years of archaeological excavations and investigations. The theater offers a series of videos on Moundville and the history of Southeastern Indians. The museum store has reproduction pottery, Native American crafts, and artwork for sale along with a variety of books and videos.
The Downtown Gallery - The Downtown Gallery is your source for sports art, featuring the work of Daniel A. Moore. Since 1991, The Downtown Gallery has provided our customers with the best quality and service available in our area. Be it sports art, hard-to-find works by contemporary and classical artists, or the best in custom framing, The Downtown Gallery is your one-stop shop.
Theater Tuscaloosa - Theatre Tuscaloosa, one of the largest community theatres in the state, works in partnership with Shelton State Community College to provide quality theatrical experiences to the citizens of West Alabama through performances, workshops and classroom instruction. By combining the talent and resources of the non-profit theatre company with the facilities and administrative support of “Alabama’s Community College of the Fine Arts,” Theatre Tuscaloosa and Shelton State Community College have created a partnership model that has enriched the lives of countless of Alabamians.
Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre (TCT) - The Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre (TCT) was organized in 1986 to educate and expose the children of Tuscaloosa County to all aspects of stage performing and production. They also have classes and workshops, summer camps, and classroom information for kids.
Bama Theater - Construction began on the Bama Theatre in 1937 and was completed the following year through funds provided by the Public Works Administration (PWA) program, the New Deal agency responsible for constructing many Depression-era civic projects such as post offices, courthouses, and schools. Designed by architect David O. Whilldin of Birmingham , the Theatre served as the community's grand movie house, as well as the only air-conditioned building at that time. One of the last movie palaces built in the South, the building was an interesting mixture of the Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and Moderne styles popular during the period and the lavish "atmospheric" style of theatre architecture popular in the 1920's. The house of the theatre is actually a reproduction of the courtyard of the Davanzati Palace of Florence, Italy with the orchestra and balcony sections decorated as a Spanish courtyard, complete with balconies and ironwork.
University of Alabama's Department of Theatre and Dance - The Theatre District (including the Marian Gallaway Theatre and the Allen Bales Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall, and Morgan Auditorium across the street) is located on Stadium Drive near the intersection of Marrs Spring Road on the west end of the University of Alabama Campus.
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