Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Amy's Extraordinary Alabama: Alabama Museums

By Amy

The Anniston Museum of Natural History and The Berman Museum of World History make for a great educational trip if you live in the eastern part of the state near the Calhoun County area or if you are visiting the area. Not to mention a great cool activity for the kids on a hot summer day.

The museums are located just off AL Hwy 21 in Anniston. Located right next to each other the admission is very affordable with a pass to both museums costing only $18 for one child and one adult.


In the Museum of Natural History you can explore the various exhibit halls. From the wildlife of North America in one hall to the savannahs of Africa in another to the mummies of Ancient Egypt and more there is enough to keep an inquisitive child like mine busy.

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I wouldn't recommend the museums for younger children. I think children 1st grade and up would do fine in the museum, but there are parts that might frighten younger children. The stuffed animals could spook a child and the live snakes (the only live animals in the museum) in the glass cased walls had me almost hyperventilating. (I have a phobia of snakes, but we'll save that for another day.)

The Berman Museum of World History located just next door to The Museum of Natural History filled my son's love of history and wars to the brim. You can journey through the collections of the American West, The Art of Asia to the weaponery of World Wars I and II among others. The museum is made up of the collections of Farley and Germaine Bermann. The Bermann's bequethed the collections to Farley's hometown of Anniston in 1992 and the museum opened in 1996.

While the majority of each of these museums are just look and read, but don't touch they do have a few interactive areas for the children who visit.

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This photo below is of a grooming set of Napolean. Squirt and I kept wondering why on earth he would need THAT many brushes.


So if you're in the area and have children who aren't too young stop by and visit the two museums of the Anniston area.

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