Exhibits and Galleries

Guidelines

Please help us protect our priceless collections by following these museum guidelines:

  • No food, drink, or tobacco products/vaping in exhibit halls
  • Look for hands-on stickers; please do not touch collection items unless identified as hands-on
  • Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Photography and video flash are permitted in exhibit halls for personal use only; please do not use flash photography around the live animals

Thank you for your care and consideration!

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth features life-sized casts of dinosaurs and aquatic reptiles, as well as life-sized Pteranodon and Albertosaurus models. Learn how our prehistoric planet changed over time while exploring a land of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. A collection of glimmering rocks and minerals will dazzle visitors. Discover how wind and water continue to change our planet. Venture through a realistic reproduction of an Alabama cave.

Alabama: Sand to Cedars

While exploring this exhibit hall, visitors will travel through limestone ridges and sparkling rivers, and visit the steamy swamps and sandy coastline of Alabama. See the plants and animals that make Alabama one of the most biologically diverse states. Alabama: Sand to Cedars features a 350-gallon freshwater aquarium and 250-gallon saltwater aquarium. Catch a glimpse of an 11-foot alligator.

COMING SOON: Force Factory

Force Factory is the Anniston Museum of Natural History’s newly designed hands-on discovery exhibit. We will introduce our youngest patrons to how these forces affect the natural world, how to protect life from nature’s power, and its importance to the development of life. Through moving imagery, hands-on activities, and interactive experiences, Force Factory will demonstrate how interconnected these natural forces are.

Attack & Defense

Sharp claws and pointed fangs are only two of the many ways animals hunt and protect themselves. Attack and Defense explores the relationships and roles of predators and prey. Discover who scares bears and why opossums “play dead.” Come face-to-face with live snakes and discover the ways they hide in plain sight. This exhibit hall features a polar bear on the Arctic tundra, an American bison bull, and mountain goats tiptoeing across a mountain cliff.

Birds of the Americas

The ornithological collection of William H. Werner, showcased in Birds of the Americas, contains the oldest bird dioramas in the United States. More than 400 bird species are in life-like poses and settings. Learn all about avian adaptations and then find out if you are as fast as a bird on our reflex interactive. This exhibit hall contains endangered and extinct birds such as the passenger pigeon, the ivory-billed woodpecker, and the Carolina parakeet.

Environments of Africa

Immerse yourself in the African savanna without ever leaving Anniston in the Environments of Africa. Greet some of the world’s largest mammals, consider the African baobab tree’s immense size, and pose for a picture with an elephant enjoying his snack! Guests will wander through the Chad desert, the lush rainforest, and marshy wetlands in this incredible exhibit hall.

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptians revered their natural environment and developed a belief system that lasted more than 3,000 years. Discover why animals such as jackals, ibises, and falcons played a significant role in their culture. Pay respects to our 2,300-year-old Ptolemaic (Greek-era) mummies and discover the intricate steps of mummification. Take a deep breath and enjoy the scents of frankincense, myrrh, and other fragrances used in this process. Enjoy a short film about our smaller mummy’s (Tasherytpamenekh) journey through CT scans and X-rays. Before you leave, come face-to-face with a bust of Tasherytpamenekh and discover how she may have looked in life.

Temporary Exhibit

Ducks, Dogs, and Decoys:

The relationship between humans and waterfowl began in pre-history. Water-based birds are still a primary dinner staple around the world, including the United States. Unfortunately, wetlands are lost to waterfront properties every year. Because American waterfowl are vulnerable to habitat loss, the United States government created laws to protect migratory species and their habitats.

Ducks, Dogs, and Decoys highlights the importance and beauty of migratory waterfowl and their role in history and the ecosystem.

Becoming America

Visitors will discover the history of the exploration and colonization of the American West. Learn America’s origin story and some of the key people who made American history. View artifacts and weapons from the American Civil War and learn how the West was won. Observe our collection of eighteen Frederick Remington bronze sculptures.

Reigns & Revolutions

Discover European history and its many important figures. This gallery begins in 1865 and travels backward in time to Ancient Greece. Guests view personal items of Napoleon Bonaparte and Catherine the Great, as well as a Bohemian coronation set and examine medieval weaponry.

Arts of Asia

Admire artifacts from across the Asiatic world. Experience cultures from Asia and visit different dynasties, learning how belief systems influenced people and art. Behold Berman Museum’s oldest item, a pot from over 4000 years ago! The gallery is dedicated to Dr. Oliver and Pei-Hwa Foo, who donated many of the featured artifacts.

Modern Warfare

This gallery features personal artifacts, memorabilia, and weaponry from WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam War. Explore a WWI trench dugout, view Adolf Hitler’s tea set, and Mussolini’s personal items. Inspect pieces of an authentic M.A.S.H. unit, and see the personal belongings of Americans from the front lines of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The Pearl Harbor room, within our Modern Warfare gallery, tells the story of the “date which will live in infamy” and humanizes those who were lost during the attack. This exhibit focuses on the stories of three men from Calhoun County who were killed that day: William Francis Roberts, Frank Weaver Hindman, and George Washington Ingram. Listen to President Roosevelt address the nation while examining keepsakes, photos, and a piece of the battleship U.S.S. Arizona.

Danger, Deception, and Disguise

Explore the mysterious world of espionage, which pays homage to our founders, Farley and Germaine Berman, both spies during WWII. This exhibit presents those who risked their lives serving undercover and the objects used in covert actions taken as a result of intelligence gathering and analysis. This exhibit earned an honorable mention at the 2021 Southeastern Museum Conference (SEMC).

Temporary Gallery

This section of the Berman Museum displays rotating exhibits for guests to explore regularly. In this gallery, you will view collection items rarely or never-before-seen or exhibitions and artifacts on loan from various museums or individuals. Visit this gallery to see something new and inspired, bringing versatility to our permanent galleries. Previous displays hosted in the Temporary Gallery include, but are not limited to:

  • Napoleonic Era in Art
  • Women in War
  • The Art of Emperors: Cloisonné and Enamelwork
  • The Forgotten War
  • The Scared Art of Buddhism
  • Polished Portraits: The Bronzes of Germaine Berman – 2018 SEMC Bronze Award Winner!
  • Snapshots of D-Day