Smith Hall / Alabama Museum of Natural History
Smith Hall is home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History. The building has extensive displays of geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, ethnology, history, and photography. On display are also the Hodges meteorite, the only meteorite confirmed to have struck a human, and the State Fossil of Alabama: Basilosaurus cetoides.
A lecture hall exists on the upper floor along with a teaching laboratory, offices, and three classrooms. Two more classrooms exist on the ground floor along with the museum which also takes up the upper floor’s center area. Operating hours and other information can be found on the Alabama Museum of Natural History Web site. UA students, staff, and faculty have free admission.
Smith Hall, constructed in 1910, was named for Eugene Allen Smith, a UA professor and State Geologist. The building's Beaux-Arts architecture was meant to reflect, on a smaller scale, the grandiose national history museums built in Chicago, New York, and Washington. The Grand Gallery and Mezzanine areas have recently received fresh paint, new lighting and restored wood floors.
Courtesy of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
Information collected from The University of Alabama : a guide to the campus by Robert Oliver Mellown (Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1988), The University of Alabama, a pictorial history by Suzanne Rau Wolfe (University : University of Alabama Press, c1983), and the Alabama Museum of Natural History Web site. Historical images are courtesy of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama and are reproduced with permission.