Alabama Museum of Natural History

Mission Statement

Eugene Allen Smith
Dr. Eugene Allen Smith

“It’s our duty and pleasure to help students, teachers and the public to see and understand their natural history; and a taste for natural science, once acquired is never lost.”

These words of Dr. Eugene Allen Smith, the first director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History and second state geologist, continue to guide us in our educational mission today.

Our Mission

To advance the knowledge and appreciation of natural sciences for the people of Alabama through exhibitions, collections and quality programs of teaching, research, and service.