Fairhope Museum of History

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Telling Fairhope’s Story

Telling Fairhope’s Story

The mission of the Fairhope Museum of History is to maintain collections and exhibits that tell the Fairhope story.

The museum collects artifacts from Fairhope’s unique past, preserves them for future generations and educates through exhibitions and programming about “all things Fairhope.” 

From Fairhope’s earliest residents, the Native American Indians, to the potters who were attracted to the abundant, high quality clay, to the Single Taxers looking to create their own Utopia, the museum provides an enjoyable and informative presentation of Fairhope’s interesting history.  For more information , click about Fairhope’s history, here.

The museum is located in the heart of downtown Fairhope and occupies the historic circa 1928 Spanish mission-style building which once served as City Hall.  Renovated and expanded, and operated by the City of Fairhope, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission.  (251) 929-1471

Exhibits

The museum features permanent exhibits of Fairhope’s unique history including Fairhope’s founders, the Single Tax theory, the town jail, the Jubilee phenomenon and many other interesting displays.  The mezzanine gallery has been used for large changing exhibits such as Civil War in Baldwin County, Stewart the Picture Man, History of Pottery on the Eastern Shore, Fairhopians who fought in WWII and the Bay Boat years on Mobile Bay.

Bay Boat Exhibit Gallery

The Founding of Fairhope exhibit steps back to the days of the 1890's and incorporates the successes of those who founded out town beyond those original few who arrived on the shoreline on November 15, 1894.

Museum Founding of Fairhope Exhibit Image Gallery

Museum Events

Each week for the past ten years the museum has brewed delicious Fairhope-grown tea allowing guests to enjoy a cup along with a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope. These popular $2-donation events have been sponsored by the Friends of the Fairhope Museum of History to support museum programs, history plaques, events and more.

The Elderberry Festival, Round-Up (Founder’s) Day, bus and walking tours of historic Fairhope and the Satsuma Blossom Festival are just some of the events that have been held at the museum throughout the years.  Visit the Friends of the Fairhope Museum of History Facebook page or call the museum for upcoming events.

The museum is available for tours and research requests by appointment.  Call for details.

Friends of the Fairhope Museum of History

The Friends group helps support programming and outreach activities and sponsors museum events.  An informative newsletter is published bi-monthly here.

Friends of the Fairhope Museum of Historyfacebook

Friends of the Museum Membership Application

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Tea Speakers [PDF]

Fairhope Museum of History

24 N. Section St.

Fairhope, AL  36532

(251) 929-1471

Tuesday through Saturday

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Free Admission