Travel back to a time when dinosaurs roamed an ever-changing landscape! Our Dynamic Earth exhibit hall features life-sized casts of dinosaurs and aquatic reptiles, as well as life-sized Pteranodon and Albertosaurus models. Learn what our prehistoric planet was like, while exploring a world of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. A collection of rocks and minerals from the Smithsonian Institution will dazzle with its color and texture. Discover how wind and water continue to change our planet. Immerse yourself in the cool, dim world of salamanders and bats, through a realistic reproduction of an Alabama cave environment that will bring you back to the present.
Alabama is truly beautiful! See why while exploring Alabama: Sand to Cedars. Travel through Alabama from the limestone ridges and wide rivers to the steamy swamps and sandy coastline. See the plants and animals that make Alabama one of our most biologically diverse states. This exhibit hall features a 250-gallon freshwater aquarium, a leaping white-tail deer, and a 12-foot American alligator. Be sure to stop by the hands-on discovery room, NatureSpace, where children can dig for fossils, take a peek through microscopes, and shake it up on the earthquake machine.
Sharp claws and pointed fangs are only two of the many ways animals hunt and protect themselves. Delve into the lives of predators and prey in our Attack and Defense exhibit hall! Discover who scares bears and why ‘possums play dead’. Be sure to give our stinky skunk a sniff! This exhibit hall features a polar bear on the Arctic tundra, an American bison bull, and mountain goats tiptoeing across a mountain cliff, as well as live snakes.
Everything about a bird is specially designed, from the point of its beak to the tip of its wing! The ornithological collection of naturalist, William H. Werner, is showcased in our Birds of the Americas exhibit hall. More than 400 bird species are represented, most in natural habitat dioramas. Learn why an owl’s egg looks like a ping-pong ball and how a swallow’s wing makes it a bug-catching machine! Quicker than a bird? Go up against our feathered friends on our reflexes machine and find out! Birds of the Americas also includes extinct and endangered bird species, such as the Passenger Pigeon and the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, reminding us of the importance of birds and the role they play in our environment.
One will not believe one’s eyes when stepping into Environments of Africa, Anniston Museum’s open-air exhibit hall. It’s an immersive experience to never be forgotten! Surrounded on all sides by some of the world’s largest land mammals, guests will feel like they are actually on the African savanna. The focus of the exhibit hall is a life-sized, reproduction baobab tree, the African “Tree of Life”. Below its massive branches, an elephant enjoys some juicy bark. A towering giraffe overlooks the savanna, surrounded by ostriches, baboons, and warthogs. Explore the thick African jungle, where monkeys play and leopards prowl. One might even catch a glimpse of a lion on the hunt!
Baboons warm themselves on the steps of a limestone temple. A crocodile slides down the muddy bank of the Nile River. A shimmering blue beetle pushes a ball of dung across the sand.
These images conjure only one thing – Egypt.
Ancient Egyptians revered their natural environment and developed a belief system that lasted more than 3,000 years. Dig into the past to discover why animals, such as jackals, ibises, and falcons, were deified. Pay respects to our 2,300-year-old Ptolemaic mummies and smell the aromas of mummification in our Ancient Egypt exhibit hall. Take a few minutes to enjoy a short film, documenting the CT scan of the museum’s smaller mummy, Tasherytpamenekh, and view the X-rays of her and her companion.
The Anniston Museum’s Changing Exhibit Gallery provides visitors with fresh experiences with the natural world. Currently, visitors are enjoying the exhibit, Philip Henry Gosse: A Naturalist’s Sojourn in Alabama.
Take a journey back in time to 1830s Alabama with English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse and imagine a world before field guides or widespread knowledge of our state’s beautiful flora and fauna. In his intricate, hand-painted illustrations of moths, butterflies, and various other insects, Gosse captured the essence of many of our most beloved plants and insects.
Philip Henry Gosse: A Naturalist’s Sojourn in Alabama is made possible by Alabama Audubon with assistance from Auburn University Libraries Archives & Special Collections Department and support from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama. Images from Entomologia Alabamensis ©The British Library Board. YK.2011.b.11432.