History Starts Here

Built in 1829, the Gorgas House Museum is the oldest building on the University of Alabama’s campus. It originally served as a dining hall and steward’s residence, and later as a lecture space, post office, and campus hospital.  The Gorgas House is one of four main buildings to survive the destruction of campus in 1865 near the end of the Civil War.

Now, named for the Gorgas family that occupied the home from 1879-1953, the Museum houses original Gorgas furnishings, memorabilia, and a collection of 19th century artifacts. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


The Gorgas House Museum will operate under its normally scheduled hours of operation (Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM), except for Wednesday mornings between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM when UA Custodial performs a thorough cleaning of the museum.

  • Walk-in tours are welcome, but you may reserve a tour by calling 205-348-5906 or by emailing us at gorgashouse@ua.edu
  • Tour group sizes are limited to ten people.
  • Face masks are required for all guests, employees, and volunteers unless you are fully vaccinated.
  • Gorgas House staff will maintain a minimum of three feet between themselves, tour groups, and UA facility and grounds crews.
  • Hand Sanitizer is placed at the entrance, student desk, and main office. Hand washing stations are available in the restrooms and kitchen.