A thriving and diverse city with more than 230,000 residents, Alabama’s capital possesses a rich history and offers a vast assortment of cultural experiences and recreational opportunities.
Arts and Culture
Our aura of “Capital Cool” is fueled by painters and poets, authors and actors, ballet dancers and musicians.
Montgomery’s thriving arts scene includes the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the largest professional theatre in Alabama and the closest thing to London’s Globe Theater that you’ll find stateside. ASF draws actors from all over the world and entertains patrons with spectacular productions.
Browse the collection of 19th- and 20th-Century paintings and sculptures at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts or check out a community-based production at the Cloverdale Playhouse. Get in touch with the Jazz Age at the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum or learn about one of country music’s most transformational artists at the Hank Williams Museum.
Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement
From the Rosa Parks Museum to the pews of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, you have an opportunity to trace the evolution of the civil rights movement from its point of origin. Learn more about where Parks stood up and where the late Martin Luther King Jr. spoke up for civil rights. Must-see places include the Freedom Rides Museum, the Civil Rights Memorial & Center, the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
Whether you’re craving the slow-cooked comfort of barbecued ribs or an upscale dining experience, Montgomery can appeal to all palates. The city offers an assortment of Southern-style “meat-and-threes” and quality casual dining experiences, as well as a vast assortment of international flavors – Indian, Thai, Japanese, Mexican and Mediterranean.
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