- Any of Tuscaloosa’s Museums
Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum is one of the great museum options that we have in town. Located at Tuscaloosa’s historic Queen City Park along the Black Warrior River, this museum is filled with knowledge and appreciation of our local and regional history and natural resources through exhibits, museum educational programs, and educational outreach efforts. For the ones who are rather interested in extinct models, the Alabama Museum of Natural History is a perfect place to visit with its ancient fossils and many other exciting things to discover!
- Art Galleries
We have some incredible and diverse art galleries in town that are definitely worth a visit. The Kentuck Art Center in Northport is an all-in-one museum, gallery and event location that is now featuring Good Trouble: Civil Rights Past and Present. In the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa lies another local gem: Paul R. Jones Gallery. Currently the exhibition It’s Like That: Selections from the Collection of Rebecca and Jack Drake is on display. Works for this exhibition were selected by independent curator Paul Barrett!
- Coffee Shops
What cozier place could there be to hide from a rainy day than a traditional coffee shop? The smell of coffee and pastries in the air, people reading the newspaper, studying or chatting steadily alongside a laid-back playlist…. sounds perfect to us! Tuscaloosa offers many such magical places. For example, the local chain Heritage House, Monarch Espresso Bar downtown, or the new kid on the block Just Love Coffee. Choose one and enjoy!
Local breweries in Tuscaloosa are the perfect place to spend a gray afternoon among friends and one of America’s favorite drinks: Beer. Druid City Brewing Company, Black Warrior Brewing Company, and Loosa offer great brews and relaxed space to lean back and enjoy an ice-cold one on this dreary day. These local treasures have the coolest merchandise to brighten up your wardrobe today!
Shindig Family Entertainment Center is another excellent option for rainy days like today. This is your one-stop entertainment center with bowling, laser tag, arcade games, mini-golf, and a restaurant with a lounge! Forget about your worries and completely immerse yourself in all of the family fun that this awesome place has to offer!
The Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum
Along the Jack Warner Parkway, directly across from the library rests a charming art deco museum. The Transportation Museum offers interactive and unique displays that showcase the history of the city through the growth of transportation in Tuscaloosa. While the round room may easily guide the flow from each display, this wasn’t the original purpose of the space. Built in 1943, The Queen City Pool was built by architect Don Buel Schuyler. He was an apprentice for Frank Lloyd Wright and was commissioned to build a bathhouse for a public wading pool. The public pool featured a classic art deco fountain that still stands today. The Warner family brought the Pool and its bathhouse to the city after they tragically lost their son David when he drowned. The city of Tuscaloosa had two public works built pools, the Gulf States Pool, and Queen City. The pool closed in 1966 when desegregation was mandated, and the Queen City was a former whites-only pool. Eventually, the pool was filled in and remained vacant for several years. It wasn’t until 2005 that the city announced the bathhouse would be converted into a local museum. The renovation was completed and on December 13th, 2011 the bathhouse officially opened. Today the museum is owned and operated by the City of Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama Museums. Find out more here.