Old Courthouse Museum

31 North Alabama Avenue
251-575-7433

History:

Construction began on the Monroe County Courthouse in 1903 and offices moved from the old antebellum courthouse on the square to the new building in 1904. When To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, the building gained national fame. In 1963 county offices moved to a new building on the square, and the community started looking at preserving the old courthouse with the idea of starting a museum. In 1968 a museum opened as a small part-time attraction. In 1991 the museum opened full time, and the first production of a play adapted from To Kill a Mockingbird was performed in the courtroom. Renovation of the building also began in 1991, and the $2.5 million project was completed in 2002.


Reviews

Birgit Pauli-Haack

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Sunday, Sep. 10, 2017

A great joy to learn more about Harper Lee and Truman Capote as well as the history of the court house and town. The volunteers and staff are very welcoming and knowledgeable. Southern hospitality at its finest.

Charles Hart

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Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

It's inspiration for to kill a mockingbird....Harper Lee lived down the street....

Cindy Woodhead

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wonderful Museum about the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Truman Capote. It is very tourist accessible and the staff is friendly.

Brian Schmitt

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Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017

very friendly staff! My English teacher wife made this a stop for our family on the way through the area, definitely a good place, $5 per person (good value) and good gift shop.

Harvey Cauley

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Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

Great place to visit, good learning experience. Great staff.