Come discover over 12,000 years of Gulf Coast history and prehistory at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum! Exhibits showcase artifacts from ancient Woodland cultures, mound-building Mississippian peoples, early French settlers, and archaeologists at work.
If you've a fascination for history - especially if you're interested in how it's studied and collected in the field, you'll really "dig" the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum.
Many of the museum's exhibits feature life-sized representations of how and where archaeologists work. You'll also see the exciting local discoveries they've made. Exhibits reach as far back as 1000 BC to Alabama's Woodland culture, and as far forward as post-Civil War Mobile.
The museum's gallery space holds several permanent exhibits of Gulf Coast history, including many artifacts excavated by the University. Many of the exhibits include life-size human models based on contemporary and historical figures.
Some of the more popular exhibits include a colonial-era French Inn and a Mississippian-era, Bottle Creek cheiftan's house. Visitors are more easily able to immerse themselves if they are able to see and walk through an exhibit at real scale.
Other attractions include the "Archaeology of Us" exhibit that recreates the experiences of an African American midwife living in post-Civil War Mobile. The museum also hosts one of the largest mineral collections on the Gulf Coast, including some rare fluorescent minerals!