Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
4501 McFarland Blvd. E.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Phone: (205) 345-1434
Fax: (205) 345-1434
Arts & Museums
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.
Whether it is photography, history, geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology or just plain history that intrigues you, the Alabama Museum of Natural History is sure to satiate with its mammoth collection of artifacts spanning across fossils, animal specimens, ancient artifacts, rocks and more. Enjoying a location inside the grandiose Smith Hall (University of Alabama), this museum is known for its vibrant outreach program which strives to keep kids and adult interested in art and culture through regular workshops, walks and camps.
Home of the Westervelt collection comprising of paintings, interior furnishings and 19th-century art displays, the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art is a good place to stop by and take in the rich talent of medieval American artists. Painters like Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, Edward Hicks and James Peale find their place here.
The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (CHOM)is the only museum which has exhibits for new borns! As the name suggests, the kids can get their hands on everything conceivable. There are no 'Don't Touch' signages here as the whole purpose is to explore every exhibit. Birthday parties can be organized where all details are taken care of the meticulous event-planning team. Check website for details on upcoming events.
What was originally the Queen City Bath House and Pool from its inception in 1941 until it was shut down in 1989 has been transformed into the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum. Opened in 2011 after extensive renovation of the bath house, the museum seeks to preserve local historical artifacts and promote an interest in the history of the region. The museum also hosts events like an outdoor movie series.
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.