Anniston Museum of Natural History

Anniston Museum of Natural History

The Anniston Museum of Natural History is a museum in Anniston, Alabama exhibiting more than 2,000 natural history items on permanent display.

In addition to exploring Alabama’s natural heritage, the museum features diorama-style exhibits that begin in pre-history and extend to the North American wilderness and the African savannah. Each of the museum's seven exhibit halls explores a different natural history theme. Other highlights include 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummies from the Ptolemaic period and a children’s discovery room. On the grounds are a wildlife garden, open-air animal exhibits and nature trails.

In the Changing Exhibit Gallery through October 31, 1999 is an exhibition of the paintings and sculpture of Ben Shute, cofounder of the Atlanta College of Art.

The museum's history dates from 1929, when H. Severn Regar offered his personal collection of historical objects and biological specimens to the city of Anniston. This gift formed the cornerstone of the museum’s collection, which features a historic collection of bird specimens in their habitats. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

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