The Isabel Anderson Comer Museum and Art Center in Sylacauga, Alabama has a variety of exhibits that will appeal to a wide audience. Besides changing exhibits there are many permanent displays that feature at the museum.
Sylacauga is also known as Marble city, it’s world renowned for the its fine marble and many famous works of art have been crafted from Sylacauga marble. This is why one of Italy’s famous sculptors (Guiseppe Moretti) chose this region. You will find a number of his works on display here.
There is a gallery that is dedicated to the “Sons of Sylacauga” that includes vast display of memorabilia relating to the late Jim Nabors, a famous actor and musician who was born in the Sylacauga, among many others.
If history and photography are your thing, then you’re in for a treat here. You will find antique cameras and a huge display of photographic material relating to WW II and general local history. They also host an annual photography exhibition and competition with prizes for winning entries.
Geology and Archaeology are two more areas that feature at the museum, with a display of Native American, Spanish and European Artifacts. Including clothes, tools, art work and lots more.
If you want to get a feel for how early pioneers lived in the 1800s you have a recreated log cabin that’s designed to transport you through time and put you in the shoes of early American pioneers.
My overall thoughts on the museum is that it’s probably not what you expect to see from what you can gleam from the title. It doesn’t have a modern feel like some museums and at times it feels like stepping back in to the 1980s and 90s, personally speaking I relish this vibe as someone who grew up in this era. However, as an educational experience. I highly recommend a visit here. As mentioned it has wide appeal and for this reason alone everyone will find something that will pique their interest and there is a very rich history on display and some amazing works of art.
Groups tours and school field trips are catered for. There’s also additional art classes that are available at a cost of $25. There is a gift shop where you can purchase art works from local artists as well as photographs and books.
The museum is free of charge to the public. They rely entirely on grants and donations, as always we urge our readers to support attractions by making donations or purchases in the gift shop.
The museum is open only open mid-week from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 until 17:00 and is closed on State holidays.