Tours & Programs

Check out the latest news and ongoing programs.


"Pioneers wasted nothing! They used every part of the pig... from the OINK to the TAIL!"

- Mrs. Agnes Johnson, PMOA Folklife Volunteer


PMOA recognizes the retainment success level of hands on, experiential learning. We also recognize that when engaged in a tactile experience such as churning butter or spinning cotton, there's a moment of pure homespun magic! Hands on History is presented by Pioneer Museum of Alabama volunteers to children's groups using real artifacts and traditional techniques.

Educational Programs


Hands on History (Groups of 20 or more)


This program includes a guided tour of the main museum building, which is home to over 18,000 artifacts dating from prehistoric Native Americans through the mid-1900s. Students will get to visit the demonstration cabin, where they will learn about daily pioneer life.  Afterwards, your group is welcome to walk the museum grounds at your own pace and explore the cabins and other structures. Bring a lunch and eat in the shaded picnic area.


Together, the guided tour and time in the demonstration cabin lasts about 2 hours. Groups generally spend about 3 - 3 1/2 hours while at the museum, but we are willing to work within your school's schedule. The Hands on History Program is offered Thursday and Friday beginning at 9:30 AM (time can be later if needed). 


Cost for this program is $10 per person. For more information, contact the Museum at 334-566-3597 or email


Explore Pioneer Life as a small group!

An educational experience for groups of 10 to 20.

Annual Events


Pioneer Days 


Re-enactors and demonstrators bring the pages of history books to life! Students will learn about cabin life, including chores and cooking on an authentic wood stove. Other pioneer skills include rope making, woodworking, quilting, weaving, and more! Cost is $12 per student or chaperone.


Thunder on the Three Notch

The Trail of Tears and the Three Notch Trail are forever linked in the histories of Alabama, the United States and multiple Native American bands, tribes and nations. What happened during this terrible and bloody time, in our history, will be reenacted at the Museum.



Ole Time Christmas

Celebrate Christmas at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.  Join the fun with Christmas crafts, treats, music, old time ornament making, storytelling, and of course Santa Claus.


Operating Hours


Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm

March 14, 2024 to November 2, 2024


Winter hours: 

Thursday-Saturday 9am-4pm

November 7, 2024 to March 8, 2025


Weeks Closed in 2024:

Thanksgiving week Nov 25-30, Christmas and New Year weeks December 23-January 4


Pioneer Museum of Alabama
248 Highway 231 N
Troy, AL 36081

Phone: (334) 566-3597



  • Adults $10
  • Seniors $9 (Age 60+)
  • Students (age 6-college) $8
  • Children 5 and Under FREE

Military Discount  Available.

Discounts do not apply for Pioneer Days,  Ole Time Christmas, and Thunder on the Three Notch.


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Convenient Layout

The main building of the museum is divided into several sections.

The entrance opens into the Gift Shop.

The West Wing houses collections including Lifestyles, Textiles, Sewing and Quilting.

The South Wing houses a Pioneer Kitchen, a Native American exhibit, a military exhibit featuring the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War One, a Printing exhibit, and farming exhibits.

The Agricultural and Transportation Wing houses exhibits including Blacksmithing, Logging, Construction, Cotton and Farming, and a collection of Carriages and Wagons.

The Main Street area features shops and businesses of downtown Troy, Alabama circa 1900.  The magnificent Larry Godwin mural depicts the old Troy Depot and The Hotel Troy while highlighting the horse drawn wagon and railway travel of the era.


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