Natural History, Park, Planetarium, Science, University
The W.A. Gayle Planetarium is the region's premier astronomy education facility, as well as a multimedia theater for films, lectures, live music and digital art performances. The Planetarium is operated by Troy University and embodies its motto: To educate the mind to think, the body to act, and the heart to feel. The new Planetarium system - the Super Mediaglobe II installed in February of 2014 - is the world's first full-color single-lens digital planetarium.
Built in 1819, home of poet/artist Maria Howard Weeden, thought to be a man. Born in the house in 1846, died in the house in 1905. Became famous for painting black faces and creating poetry from their dialect. One of her books used in Gone With the Wind in 1939, did work for Joel Chandler Harris (Uncle Remus) and for Charles Dickens. Family owned house for 111 years. Opened as museum in 1981. Ghosts sited.
The mission of the Wiregrass Museum of Art is to increase awareness, education and appreciation of the visual and decorative fine arts by providing quality exhibitions and interpretive programs in Southeast Alabama; and by collecting and holding in trust important and significant works of art that reflect our cultural heritage and give inspiration and expression to the human spirit and experience.