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.

  • At this time, reservations are required. Please call 205-348-5906 or email us at gorgashouse@ua.edu to schedule a tour.
  • Tour group sizes are limited to four people.
  • Face masks are required for all guests, employees, and volunteers.
  • Gorgas House staff will maintain a minimum of six feet distance between themselves, tour groups, and UA facility and grounds crews. Markings on the floor reflect safe social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand Sanitizer is placed at the entrance, student desk, and main office. Hand washing will be encouraged and promoted on signage at the entrance, student desk, and main office. Hand washing stations are available in the restrooms and kitchen.