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Horseback Visionaries: Noble & Tyler Create the Model City
Now showing, Anniston Museum Zig-Zag Hall Gallery
Open during regular Museum hours; included in regular Museum admission
In celebration of the City of Anniston’s 130th anniversary, Anniston Museum presents Horseback Visionaries: Noble & Tyler Create the Model City. This new temporary exhibit explores Anniston’s historical roots, from the chance meeting of Samuel Noble and General Daniel Tyler and their exploration of the area on horseback, through the founding of Woodstock Iron Company in 1872, to the incorporation of this elaborately planned town in 1883.
To entice additional investors, Noble and Tyler’s first buildings were created to make a memorable first impression on travelers. As new visitors disembarked from the train station, the ornate Anniston Land Company and the luxurious Anniston Inn were the first sights in their field of view. Seeing the great potential of the area made manifest in things like our early architecture, many visitors chose to stay and join the Anniston community. Early life in Anniston was enhanced by art and culture, and through many new examples of beautiful architecture, such as the Anniston Inn, Noble Opera House, and various European-styled churches, all patterned after famous structures.
Horseback Visionaries: Noble & Tyler Create the Model City features architectural components from Anniston Land Company, as well as historic photographs and graphics. Also featured are wall-sized reproductions of Anniston’s earliest maps and exhibits showing items of commonly available clothing, medical implements, stock certificates, weapons, postcards, and other historic artifacts from this important period in Anniston’s history.
Horseback Visionaries: Noble & Tyler Create the Model City is on exhibit in Anniston Museum’s gallery and is included in regular Museum admission.
Programs and Events
Museum Exhibit Halls Close at 4pm today
Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7;
Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 15
Museums open 10am-4pm; closing early to accommodate
the Christmas in the Gardens Walking Tour, which begins at 5pm. Last Museum Exhibit Hall admisison at 3:30pm on these days
On the three weekends of the Christmas in the Gardens Walking Tour, all visitors must exit the Museums at 4pm. Those who wish to remain in the park past 4pm to participate in the Walking Tour will be required to pay the admission charge to the event, and move their vehicles to a designated event parking lot. See the Museum Receptionist to purchase your admission to Christmas in the Gardens. See below for more details, including cost.
Friday and Saturday, December 6–7;
Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 15
5–8pm (Last drive-in admission at 7:30pm)
$10/carload; tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum, or at the gate (cash only at the gate)
Begin a wonderful new holiday tradition with your family as you explore the gardens, grounds and interiors of Anniston Museum, Berman Museum and Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Take part in the Christmas in the Gardens Walking Tour during any of three magical weekends in November and December (November 29–30 and December 6–7; 12–15) between 5–8pm. (Last drive-in admission at 7:30pm. Admission charged on a “per vehicle” basis--$10/passenger car.)
Christmas in the Gardens is a walking adventure through a fanciful and whimsical Christmas wonderland! Families will park, then stroll the length of the Museum Complex at their leisure, enjoying live music, fanciful decorations, and a variety of holiday displays, as well as fun activities for the children. Photo opportunities will be available in many areas, so bring your camera for one-of-a-kind holiday pictures of the family. Holiday decorations and themed displays will delight all ages!
Some highlights: Children will enjoy a make and take craft and families can meet some furry, feathery and funny live animals at Anniston Museum! Live out a childhood fantasy target shooting in the Berman Museum’s BB Gun range. Santa himself will be here, so be good, for goodness sakes! Live music and an exhibit of holiday themed doors round out the festivities at the grand opening of the new Botanical Gardens facility.
There will be so much to see and do at the Museum Complex’s Christmas in the Gardens Walking Tour–what a wonderful way to spend time with your loved ones, get into the holiday spirit, and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Admission tickets will be on sale later in the year at both of the Museums, and at select businesses around Anniston. Come walk the holiday path at Christmas in the Gardens!
Watch the Museums websites and Facebook pages for more details as they are announced.
Closed for Christmas Eve and Day
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24–25
The Museum will be closed for Christmas Eve and Day, but will be open again regular hours (10am–5pm) on Thursday. (Closed Mondays.)
General Hours and Admission: Valid through Memorial Day, 2014
Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm
Closed Mondays now through Memorial Day
***** No tickets will be sold after 4:30pm, in order to assure visitors are able to view and enjoy everything. *****
Note: Nature Space Discovery Room closes daily at 4pm, and Anniston Museum Store closes daily at 4:45 pm. If you wish to take advantage of these areas, please plan your visit accordingly.
$6 per adult; $ 5.50 per senior (age 60+); $5 per child (ages 4-17); children under 3 are free
***** Extra cost for some special programs and events*. Call for details. *****
Members are required to show cards for all family members for free admission: If your cards have been lost or stolen, contact the membership department right away for replacement: firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-237-6766 ext. 120
Founded in 1930, Anniston Museum of Natural History is a nationally accredited museum with the purpose of enhancing public knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of living things and their environments. The Museum preserves and studies collections that relate to humankind and the natural environment and interprets these through interdisciplinary exhibits and programs. The Museum is committed to providing educational, recreational, and economic benefits which will improve the quality of life for diverse audiences. Exit 185 off I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta. North on State Hwy 21 seven miles. Anniston Museum is located in Lagarde Park at the intersection of State Hwys 21/431.