Iron Ore Display
The Alabama Iron and Steel
Museum features a wide
array of displays interpreting
the state's rich iron and steel
Alabama Iron and Steel Museum at Tannehill Ironworks
Alabama Iron and Steel Museum - Tannehill Ironworks
|Alabama Iron and Steel Museum
The Alabama Iron and Steel Museum is located at
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park near
Alabama's Industrial Heritage
One of the more fascinating historical
attractions in the South is the Alabama Iron
and Steel Museum at Tannehill Ironworks
Historical State Park near Birmingham.
The museum traces the history of Alabama's
iron and steel industry from its earliest days.
With exhibits that begin with displays of iron
ore and the state's mineral resources, the
museum takes visitors on a walk through
Tannehill is an ideal place for the museum
as the park also preserves the historic
Tannehill Ironworks, a Civil War era complex
that once produced iron for the Confederate
military. Tannehill iron was used to make
artillery, projectiles, cookware and a variety of
other necessities for the Southern army and
The Alabama Iron and Steel Museum
features artifacts associated with the state's
Civil War furnaces, including Tannehill.
These include Civil War artifacts and a
reproduction mountain howitzer made from
From the state's antebellum and Civil War
industrial heritage, the museum guides
visitors into the stunning development of the
post-war iron and steel industry in Alabama.
This includes walks past exhibits detailing
how iron and steel was produced in a state
that saw Birmingham rise to become one of
the iron and steel production capitals of the
For thousands of Alabama workers across
several generations, iron and steel put food
on the table and made better lives possible.
The glory days of the industry have passed,
but the memories remain as part of the rich
industrial and cultural heritage of the state.
The Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama is
located at Tannehill Ironworks Historical
State Park on the outskirts of Birmingham.
The museum is accessible via the park,
which can be accessed from Exit 100 on
Interstate 59 or Exit 1 on Interstate 459.
The museum was opened to the public in
1981 and underwent major renovations in
2004-2005. It also houses the Walter B.
Jones Center for Industrial Archaeology.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors
over age 62 and children ages 6-11.
Alabama's Industrial History
The museum features
exhibits tracing the
development of Alabama's
iron and steel industry from
its earliest days to the
|Photos of Tannehill by Lauren McCormick
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Last Updated: March 30, 2014