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109 Gates Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 564-8100
Alabama Constitution Village, a living history museum, marks the site where Alabama became the 22nd state admitted to the Union in 1819. In the spring interpreters quilt and weave baskets, craft furniture, churn butter and make lye soap. In the summer the men and women also weed and hoe the garden and pick vegetables to “put up” preserves. During the colder months they dip candles and prepare the garden for spring.
3101 Burritt Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-536-2882
Burritt’s historic park interprets the past by showcasing aspects of farm life from the 19th century, contrasting Alabama Constitution Village’s 19th century urban life. Step back into the lives of southern farmers as you visit historic log structures including the Eddins House ca. 1808, the oldest known man-made dwelling in Alabama. Living history interpreters recreate the diversity of farm life allowing you to become involved through lively conversation, demonstration and hands-on activities. In the Burritt Barnyard, students can get “up close and personal” with animals that would have been used for work, wool and even food for the families.
404 Madison Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 564-8100
The South’s largest hands-on history museum provides opportunities to discover, create, envision and explore and are just a splash, snap, push and smile away. Listen as the 16-foot talking tree tells folktales. Push the buttons on the EarlyWorks bandstand and enjoy toe-tapping tunes made popular by Alabama musicians. Discover Alabama’s river life and waterways on the life-size floating keelboat. Try on costumes similar to those worn in the 19th century, sack goods at the General Store and explore the log cabins, Federal and Victorian style houses.
320 Church Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-564-8100
History unfolds as you step on the grounds of the Huntsville Depot, one of the nation’s oldest railroad structures. Built in 1860, the Depot provides an experience-rich environment for classroom lessons to come to life. Climb aboard locomotives and experience the Civil War. Encounter interactive exhibits, discover fascinating facts and identify important links in history at this amazing site.
601 Genome Way
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 327-0400
The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit genome research institute in Huntsville, Alabama. Located in Cummings Research Park , the 152-acre campus is home to some of the world's leading scientists, entrepreneurs and educators that are passionately exploring the knowledge and possibilities of genomics to improve human, plant and animal life. The fields of biotechnology and genetics are continuously growing, and Educational Outreach at HudsonAlpha seeks to prepare the future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce through hands-on, lab-based field trips that engage students in scientific thinking and put high-tech biotechnology tools in their hands.
300 Church Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-535-4350
Recently expanded, North Alabama’s leading visual arts center fills its 13 galleries with a variety of traveling exhibitions and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The nationally accredited museum also presents shows from its own permanent collection of more than 3,000 pieces. Named as one of the state’s “Top 10” destinations by the Alabama Tourism Department, the Huntsville Museum of Art has gained a reputation throughout the South for bringing high caliber touring exhibitions to the region. The recent expansion project added two new children’s galleries showcasing the history of art throughout the world and color palettes.
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805
256-830-4447
The Huntsville Botanical Garden is a beautiful 120-acre site with stunning floral collections, inviting woodland paths, broad grassy meadows, aquatic areas, demonstration vegetable and herb gardens and the Nature Center, the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house! The two-acre Children’s Garden is adjacent to the Nature Center. The Garden plays an important part in stimulating the study and understanding of the sciences as students learn about the role plants – and butterflies—play in their lives.
Building 4200, Room 120
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
no phone number available
Marshall Space Flight Center develops key space transportation and propulsion technologies, manages science aboard the International Space Station and pursues scientific breakthroughs in space that will improve human life here on Earth for many generations to come. Since tours of the Center are no longer available to individual travelers, this is truly a unique learning experience for youngsters to enjoy. These programs are available on a limited schedule and are subject to cancellation based on national security alerts. Maximum group size is 30 people.
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805
256-837-3400
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Alabama, is home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge® and houses the national historic landmark Saturn V moon rocket! The world’s largest space attraction offers incredible displays of artifacts from our nation’s space program, hands-on interactive exhibits, IMAX theater, 3D theater and space travel simulators. The Space Camp and Aviation Challenge immersive educational programs place students in real-world context allowing them to view mathematics and science as something more than just an academic exercise. These subjects become tools to develop future careers as scientists, engineers, teachers and astronauts.
2060A Airport Road
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-883-3737
Designated by the Alabama House of Representatives as the State of Alabama Veterans Memorial Museum, this unique venue displays more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present, as well as tableaus, artifacts and other memorabilia dating back to the Revolutionary War. Veteran volunteers present fascinating first-hand accounts of some of America’s most significant historic moments. The Museum is dedicated to promoting the accomplishments of American military men and women.
300 Gates Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-536-7718
Built in 1819, the Weeden House was home to the 19th century poet and artist, Maria Howard Weeden. History comes to life through the words and art of Miss Weeden as she captured the spirit of an era across cultural divides.

Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau    500 Church Street Suite One, Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: (256) 551-2230 | 1-866-ESC2HSV | Fax: (256) 551-2324

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