Old Depot Museum

Martin Luther King Street & Water Avenue

Immerse yourself in Selma and Dallas County’s past with a visit to the Old Depot Museum.   The Old Depot Museum offers a window to Selma’s rich past. Journey from the town’s founding in 1820 through the Industrial Revolution and past the Voting Rights movement of 1965.

The Depot was built on the site of the Confederate Naval Foundry  which was destroyed by Federal troops during the Battle of Selma in 1865.  The red brick, stone trimmed building of Romanesque Revival architecture was built in 1891.  It is one of 12 railroad depots in the Southeast designated by Southern Living to be of architectural and historical importance.  The building now houses the Selma Dallas County Interpretive History Museum and Archives.   

Selma acquired a unique legacy in the history of the Civil Rights Movement due to Bloody Sunday and the March to Montgomery led by Martin Luther King. The Depot is the repository of deeply significant artifacts from a crucial period of African American history with particular respect to the path from slavery to voting rights, making the museum an unparalleled educational opportunity for area schools and the general public. 

The 1891 depot contains treasures from the heritage of Selma and the Black Belt offering a glimpse into their vibrant history. Artifacts contained within the structure represent more than 200 years of life in one of the South’s most famous cities.  Selma’s history begins when the land belonged to Native Americans.  Tools, weapons and other items from the daily lives of five tribes, as well as a bow and quiver from Indian hero Geronimo are on display.   Swords, pistols, muskets and munitions help depict the harsh realities of war. 

Photographs offer visitors a day-to-day glimpse into sharecropper life in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Dresses, parlor games, paper dolls and more serve as tangible reminders of life during this era.  Learn about local African-American pioneers and their contributions to business, religion and politics.  Climb aboard an authentic caboose, a reminder of the depot’s earlier days.  See the evolution of the fire engine starting with an 1856 horse-drawn steam fire pumper.