1930 McFarland Blvd , Northport, AL, US, 35476
- Phone: (205) 330-0345
- Fax: (205) 330-0345
Located on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the Paul W. Bryant Museum is named after the legendary "Bear" Bryant, arguably the most famous college football coach in American history. In this part of the country, college football is as important as eating and breathing. If you're not lucky enough to go to a game on campus, this museum is the next best thing. State-of-the-art multimedia displays are combined with artifacts and documents to tell the colorful story of college football in Alabama. Admission is free, and the museum is open every day except major winter holidays.
The best place to get a taste of Tuscaloosa, be it food, shopping or sightseeing, is undoubtedly the Downtown area. One of the busiest parts of the fifth largest city in Alabama, Downtown is where you'll find a number of museums like the Children's Hands-on Museum, Murphy American Museum (history of the American cotton-industry) and the Paul Bryant Museum. Visit Cafe Venice or the Depalma's and try some Italian cooking. Your trip to downtown wouldn't be complete without walking around the university and exhausting all the shopping possibilities found here.
The Moundville Archaeological Park, located on Highway 69 about 14 miles south of Tuscaloosa, is one of the most significant prehistoric sites in the United States and one of the most popular destinations in Alabama. The park consists of 26 earthen mounds, the Jones Archaeological Museum and a campground. It is believed that between 800 CE and 1400 CE, Moundville was home to as many as 5,000 indigenous people, making it perhaps the largest city in North America. The collections housed at the museum are among the most important of their kind in the country. Native Americans and children under five years are admitted free. Guided tours are available.