The museums in the Mountain Region vary from historical institutions that help modern generations reconnect with the areas rich past to locations that help foster appreciation for the local environment and the natural resources it produces. Here are just a few of the museum around the region.
The Alabama Veterans Museum opened on a limited basis in 2000, followed by an official grand opening celebration in 2002 with a much more full collection. The museum was established to preserve memories of Alabama's veterans by creating a permanent place for war artifacts and memorabilia. The museum displays medals, uniforms, weapons, photos, tapes, books and news clippings.
An architectural treasure by the master of modern design, Frank Lloyd Wright, the house was originally built for newlyweds Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum in 1939. Wright even designed an addition to the home in 1948 when the family grew to include four sons. The house is the only structure in the entire state of Alabama designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is one of the best examples of Wrights Usonian Style, and is the only Wright-designed house in the southeast that is open to the public.
The permanent collection at Cook's Natural Science Museum includes exotic insects, mounted animals and birds, rocks and minerals, coral and seashells. Visitors may even view are even protected and endangered animals. Most of the animals are shown in recreations of their natural habitats and many are species found in the Tennessee valley. The highly interactive museum utilizes talking exhibits, hands on exhibits and natural history films.
Dr. William Henry Burritt (1867-1955) willed his house and the surrounding woodlands to the City of Huntsville to form its first museum. The Museum consists of a mansion and a park featuring 1850's-1900's log cabins with living history interpreters, and award winning nature trails. The site resides on 167 magnificent acres high above the city. The museum itself features many artifacts of regional and natural history, prehistoric Indian artifacts, minerals and rocks, and 19th century furnishings and personal items.