UNIVERSITY MUSEUMS & LIBRARIES
Alabama Museum of Natural History amnh.ua.edu
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 (map stop 9), one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the region.
Bryant Museum bryantmuseum.com
Located at 300 Bryant Drive, across the street from Coleman Coliseum (map stop 18), the Bryant Museum (map stop 17) offers more than 100 years of Alabama football history. The 16,000-square-foot museum is a must-see attraction for visitors.
Gorgas House gorgashouse.ua.edu
Built in 1829, the Gorgas House (map stop 8) is one of the few campus buildings that survived the Civil War. Prior to 1879, the building served as a dining hall, post office and infirmary.
Sarah Moody Gallery of Art art.ua.edu/galleries
Located in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad (map stop 5) in Garland Hall, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art provides artistic and cultural enrichment to the UA community and is committed to representing a diverse range of artistic practices primarily through exhibition and lectureship.
University Libraries lib.ua.edu
The Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library (map stop 6) is the anchor of UA’s extensive library system. With more than 1 million books, plus a full range of library services and a coffee shop, Gorgas is an academic and social hub of our community.
Named after Amelia Gayle Gorgas, the library was built in 1939 with Public Works Administration funds. It sits just north of the site of the Rotunda, UA’s original library, which was burned to the ground by Union forces during the Civil War. The Rotunda Plaza marks the symbolic placement of the great stone staircase exactly on the northern half of the previous library’s foundation.
Other libraries in our system include Bruno Business Library, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, McClure Education Library, Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering, and Health Sciences Library.
Moundville Archaeological Park moundville.ua.edu
A national historic landmark, Moundville Archaeological Park contains 320 acres of more than 26 preserved prehistoric Indian mounds, campground, picnic areas, a boardwalk nature trail, a theater and a riverbend lodge conference building on the Black Warrior River. The recently renovated museum houses some of the finest Mississippian-era artifacts ever found in North America. State-of-the-art technology is combined with Native American craftsmanship to ensure the museum offers the best in viewing, education and authenticity. The museum also features an extensive gift shop and a café, the Black Warrior Coffee Company, with a stunning view of the mounds.
Moundville’s campground has 28 RV sites with water hookups and a bathhouse, making it an ideal camping spot for visitors wishing to combine a visit to Moundville with travel into Tuscaloosa for gamedays or other events.
A variety of activities and events, such as Saturday in the Park cultural demonstrations, and Indian Summer Day Camp, are offered throughout the year. The Native American Festival, held in early October, is one of Alabama’s top 20 tourism events and designated a Cultural Olympiad Event. Native American performing artists, craftspeople and musicians entertain and educate.
Moundville is located 14 miles from Tuscaloosa on Highway 69 South.