1215 Rayburn Avenue in Guntersville
(256) 571-7597

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Admission is Free

This interactive exhibit features five distinct regions of Alabama and how they contributed to our cultural heritage.
Backstage access with vintage photos from the Grand Ole Opry in the 1950s. September 1 - October 20.
View a short video on the Making of Lake Guntersville

Our Collection

Steamboat

Guntersville History & Nostalgia

Exhibits documenting both local history and the more recent past are always a treat for visitors. Displays range from “Mississippi Bill” Harris’s 12-foot fishing boat that conquered thousands of river miles, to exhibits detailing life in the 1800s. And archival photos provide a fascinating view of Guntersville before and during construction of the TVA dam that created almost a thousand miles of mountain-lakes shoreline.

Native American Exhibit

An impressive Native American exhibit – the Percy Barnard Collection – is augmented by other locally- and regionally-collected artifacts dating to the Paleo-Indian era. The first inhabitants of the area left a rich history, and the museum’s collection provides an interesting view into that past.

Frank Nelson Watercolors

The museum is home to a permanent collection of work by nationally-acclaimed local artist Frank Nelson. A variety of landscapes and still lifes captured by Frank's unique touch are often on display in the Katherine and Buck Woodall Gallery.

Bessie's Birds

As part of our significant Natural History collection, the museum is fortunate to have a local treasure that fascinated generations of local residents who attended the old City Elementary “Rock School.” In the lobby of that school, and now at the museum, was a superb display of mostly native birds collected and mounted by the late Bessie Rayburn Samuel in the 1920s. Bessie actually taught herself taxidermy, and this unique display was a resource for the state’s first book on ornithology.