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Anniston Museum of Natural History & The Bermann Museum

The Anniston Museum of Natural History and The Berman Museum of World History make for a great educational trip if you live in the eastern part of the state near the Calhoun County area or if you are visiting the area. Not to mention a great cool activity for the kids on a hot summer day.


The museums are located just off AL Hwy 21 in Anniston. Located right next to each other the admission is very affordable with a pass to both museums costing only $18 for one child and one adult.

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In the Museum of Natural History you can explore the various exhibit halls. From the wildlife of North America  in one hall to the savannahs of Africa in another to the mummies of Ancient Egypt and more there is enough to keep an inquisitive child like mine busy.


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I wouldn’t recommend the museums for younger children. I think children 1st grade and up would do fine in the museum, but there are parts that might frighten younger children. The stuffed animals could spook a child and the live snakes (the only live animals in the museum) in the glass cased walls had me almost hyperventilating. (I have a phobia of snakes, but we’ll save that for another day.)


The Berman Museum of World History located just next door to The Museum of Natural History filled my son’s love of history and wars to the brim.  You can journey through the collections of the American West, The Art of Asia to the weaponery of World Wars I and II among others.  The museum is made up of the collections of Farley and Germaine Bermann. The Bermann’s bequethed the collections to Farley’s hometown of Anniston in 1992 and the museum opened in 1996.


While the majority of each of these museums are just look and read, but don’t touch they do have a few interactive areas for the children who visit.


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This photo below is of a grooming set of Napolean. Squirt and I kept wondering why on earth he would need THAT many brushes.


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So if you’re in the area and have children who aren’t too young stop by and visit the two museums of the Anniston area.

Project Life:June 14 – 20, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010 – Squirt practicing his piano. This week's song was a Scottish song and I loved it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 – Squirt walked into the laundry room and found the kitten inside the basket on top of the washing machine. We never know where he will end up.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 – The clouds were so pretty on the way home from church I just had to stop for a photo.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 – Squirt jumping off the high dive at the city pool. One of his favorite parts of summer.

Friday, June 18, 2010 – We visited the Anniston Museum of Natural History and the Berman Museum of World History on our way to my parents. Of course Squirt loved all the guns and army stuff.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 – My dad and I took Squirt to visit the Coosa Valley Model Railroad Association's  model railroad. A replica of 1940s Gadsden, Alabama the model railroad travels a 72 foot long railroad system. More photos from our visit coming this week.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 – Squirt showing off his latest trick of doing a flip off the diving board into the pool. Don't worry he makes it in feet first.

The Church of St. Michael and All Angels

Driving along Alabama Highway 21 through Calhoun County,  you might see one of those historic marker signs on the corner of 18th Street. It almost gets lost amid the intersection with a McDonald's and other fast food joints.

Having grown up in Calhoun County I often noticed the sign pointing to the west to St. Michael's and All Angels Church. I had often heard of its historic place in our county and how beautiful of a church it was.

So many times I passed that historic marker sign on the corner of Hwy 21 and 18th Street. Always saying "I need to go visit and see for myself." Never really slowing down to actually visit. So in March when I traveled back to my home county I made it a point to visit.

Driving west along 18th Street through a part of Anniston that seems almost forgotten I came upon the historic church on a glorious spring day.

The Tyler and Noble families founded Anniston, establishing an iron works industry after the Civil War. When immigrant families began settling in Anniston to work in the mills and other businesses it became apparent that Grace Church, the first Episcopal church in Anniston, could not accomadate all the new families. In 1887 John Ward Noble petitioned the Bishop of Alabama to organize a second parish.

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On St. Michael's Day of that year the parish was formed and architect William Halsey Wood was retained and ground broken and the cornerstone laid in 1888.

In September 1890 the church was consecrated. The church remains as a gift to the people of Anniston.

The tower of the church is reminiscent of chuches in the Noble family's native Cornwall, England. Beautiful stain glass windows grace the walls of the church as well as an amazing pipe organ. The woodwork is graced with wooden carved angels .

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So if you're ever in Anniston and have a few moments turn west on 18th Street and visit the church. It truly is a beautiful church. The church is open daily from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.