Local Spotlight: Museum of East Alabama

Museum of East Alabama

In the past year, we’ve gotten to know our homes quite well. But what about our hometown? Or, for that matter, our home state? Grow more acquainted with where you live when you visit the nearby Museum of East Alabama in Opelika, AL.

What is the Museum of East Alabama?

Learning about history brings new life to the past. From memorabilia, to interesting items, to special exhibits, you can see pieces of the past at the Museum of East Alabama. Ever since 1989, it’s housed thousands of artifacts from as early as the 19th century. 

More on the Exhibits

Put your Alabama knowledge to the test. Even the most well-versed among us should find out something new at the Museum of East Alabama. Their exhibits include subjects and artifacts like:

  • Pine Needle Raffia Basketry;
  • The Dowdell Buggy;
  • Firefighting;
  • An extensive instrument collection; 
  • Roanoke dolls;
  • Fitness equipment from the Diversified Products Corporation;
  • The WWII history of Camp Opelika;
  • And more.

You can also see videos of a few parts of the Museum, like their model train exhibit. Click here to watch!

What counties does the Museum cover?

The Museum of East Alabama covers history from several counties in the area. On your trip, you can learn about:

  • Chambers County;
  • Lee County;
  • Macon County;
  • Russell County; and 
  • Tallapoosa County.

How can I support the Museum of East Alabama?

It’s been a tough year for museums. If you feel moved to support the Museum of East Alabama, you can make a donation here or shop at their online store. You can also apply to volunteer at the museum. And finally, you can also share this blog and spread the word about them online!

Visiting Details

No need to go looking for visiting details—we have them right here! Visitors can find the Museum at 121 South 9th St. in Opelika, AL. Its hours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Plus, you can explore the Museum for free!

Safety Reminders

We can all take steps to protect our neighbors! Please, remember to follow mask regulations. You should also social distance, staying six feet or farther from those not in your household. Additionally, don’t forget to listen to employee direction and posted signage. Thank you for your consideration!


A trip to the Museum of East Alabama is the closest thing we have to time travel! And you just need to take a short drive through Opelika, AL to do it! Next time you have the chance, why not see how life in our state used to go? 

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