Calling all history buffs, science enthusiasts, and art lovers! If you’re tired of cookie-cutter Christmases and fizzled out by the Fourth of July, join us in celebrating a new kind of holiday that’s full of rich culture and perfect camera angles: On January 17th, make the trip to Tuscaloosa for Museum Selfie Day, an insta-worthy journey through vibrant hibits, fascinating stories and historical adventure just waiting to add some flair to your social feed. Book your stay at WestGate, then grab your selfie stick (and your best walking sneakers) and get ready to see T-Town from a whole new angle.
Our first stop is Moundville Archeological Park, one of our nation’s premier Native American Heritage sites. Take a step back in time as you wander through 29 ancient platform mounds that once stood as the political and ceremonial center of a thriving, complex culture that predated Columbus by centuries. the center of bustling plazas, rich ceremonial dances, and a complex culture that predated Columbus by centuries. Snap a selfie atop one of the highest earthen mounds, then head inside to the Jones Archeological Museum to learn more about this ancient city and see the treasures unearthed from the site.
Still feeling nostalgic? The Gorgas House Museum takes you back to the 19th century, when it served as the school’s student dining hall and campus hotel. The oldest building on U of A’s campus, it got its name from the Gorgas family that lived there from 1879-1953 and showcases elegant period furnishings and artifacts, family portraits, and other memorabilia. The home’s elegant front facade with twin staircases curving up to a wide balcony are a great spot for your second selfie.
Even museum skeptics agree that this sprawling gem is a must-visit. Explore over 500 million years of rich natural history, from towering dinosaur fossils and prehistoric shark teeth to sparkling geodes and a full wooly mammoth skull (now that’s a cool selfie.) Don’t miss the Hodges Meteorite, the only meteorite known to have fallen from space to strike a human being.
Explore the lifestyle of affluent black citizens during the early 1900s at the Murphy-Collins House, a 2-story bungalow that was the private home of Will J. Murphy, Alabama’s first licensed black mortician. Take a home tour to enjoy an immersive look at the families that lived there and the history of African American life and culture in Tuscaloosa.
Located at Tuscaloosa’s historic Queen City Park along the Black Warrior River, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum offers the chance to trace Tuscaloosa’s history through the development of its transportation systems. Explore the exhibits inside the renovated bath house and snap a selfie by the art deco fountain.
Planning Your Museum Selfie-bration
With so much to see and do, planning your museum adventure is key. WestGate Condominiums is your luxury homebase in the heart of Tuscaloosa, where each museum adventure is right outside of your front door. Book your stay in one of our upscale condos to be within walking distance of our downtown district and the U of A campus.
Once you’ve secured your stay, check individual websites for opening hours, admission fees, and upcoming events. Many museums offer special discounts for students, seniors, and families. Remember, museum hopping is best enjoyed at your own pace, so savor the experience and let curiosity be your guide!