Tips For Touring


Parking space is limited. We recommend traveling in as few vehicles as possible. Buses may unload students at the museum entrance, then park in the overflow parking lot across Museum Drive. Buses may maneuver a “U” shaped turn when exiting the museum. Bus drivers receive complimentary admission.

Picnic Areas

Picnic areas are first come, first served. There are 17 picnic tables on the museum grounds. There are also covered picnic sites in Lagarde Park, just beyond the museum. To reserve Lagarde Park picnic facilities and picnic-area restrooms, call Anniston Parks and Recreation Department at 256-236-8221. On site food facilities are not available; however, many restaurants are in close proximity to the museum, and some cater to school groups.

Food, beverages (including baby bottles), chewing gum, and tobacco are not allowed in the exhibit halls. These encourage insects, which can cause extensive damage to the artifacts.

We require that all students Pre K-12th grade remain with an adult at all times. We ask that there be one adult per 10 students while touring. Students should be instructed to stay on walkways and to not touch animal mounts or enter exhibit dioramas.


Personal photography is allowed throughout the museum.


Museum exhibit halls and Museum Store are fully handicap accessible. Two wheel chairs are available. Seating is provided throughout the exhibits.

Museum Store

No tour is complete without a visit to the Museum Store! Please limit the number of students in the Museum Store to 20 or less at one time. We will be happy to assist groups with a student rotation.

Outdoor Exploration

Get the most from this visit by exploring the museum gardens, koi pond, wildlife garden, bird of prey trail, and nature walking trail.