Whether you’re in town for pleasure or you have a few free hours during meetings, there are a lot of unique attractions to fill your time in Montgomery, Alabama. Here are our five favorite things to see in Alabama’s Capitol City!
1. Rosa Parks Museum
Montgomery is arguably most known as the place where, in 1955, outside of the Empire Theater, Rosa Parks stood up for civil rights by refusing to give up her seat on the bus so a white person could sit down. Today, the site of the old theater is now the Rosa Parks Museum, a part of Troy University Campus Library. The museum tells the story of the struggle for civil rights in the South and includes a replica of the bus Rosa Parks was on. The museum is open from Monday-Saturday and general admission is $7.50.
2. Civil Rights Memorial
At 400 Washington Avenue, you’ll find the Civil Rights Memorial. The Memorial is a black granite circle inscribed with the names of civil rights martyrs, honoring those people who gave up their lives for civil rights. The Memorial was designed by Maya Lin, the same person who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and it can be visited free of charge. The Memorial can be visited at any time of day, every day of the year.
3. Old Alabama Town
Old Alabama Town is a six-block, fifty building section of downtown Montgomery that has been authentically restored to what the area looked like in the 19th and early 20th century. Many of the buildings are open for tours. You can pop into a schoolroom to see how teachers taught multiple grades in one room and you can also visit a classic Southern mansion. If you get hungry during the visit, you can enjoy a classic southern style cafeteria lunch the Farmer’s Market Café. Old Alabama is open Monday-Saturdays except for major holidays and admission is $10.
4. Hank Williams Museum
A visit to the Hank Williams Museum is a must for any fan of country music. The museum is dedicated to Williams’ short but incredibly influential music career and houses the largest collection of Hank Williams memorabilia including the fan favorite 1952 Baby Blue Cadillac. The Museum is located in downtown Montgomery at 118 Commerce Street and it is open seven days a week. Admission is only $10.
5. Alabama Shakespeare Festival
It’s a bit of a misnomer – the Alabama Shakespeare Festival is not actually a festival, but theater company that puts on performances year round. While they specialize in Shakespeare, they also perform other works. For example, this July, they will be performing the Broadway Musical performance of Mary Poppins. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival recently opened its own restaurant, The Black Swan Bar and Bistro. Dinner and a show makes for a perfect date night!