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.

Hours and Tours

The Gorgas House Museum is operating under its normally scheduled hours:

Monday– Friday: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM, 1:00–4:30 PM

Walk-in tours are welcome, but you may reserve a tour by calling 205-348-5906 or by emailing us at gorgashouse@ua.edu.


UA’s Finals Week

The University of Alabama‘s Finals Week brought many students, families, and friends through the doors of the Gorgas House Museum. Some seniors often come to the museum to visit and walk through for the first time saying say they didn’t know they could come in. This is a phrase we’ve heard before.

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Collection Tour and Burlap Art

The Gorgas House Museum is now offering weekly blog posts on our website! We intend to offer a review of the week’s programs, events, and points of reflection. Feel free to reach out to us with questions or comments.

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