The Alabama River in Monroe County, Alabama.


Water doesn’t just shape our landscape; it also shapes our lives. Learn how through Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program.

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About Water/Ways

Traveling through five Alabama cities throughout 2021-2022, Water/Ways dives deep into the role that water plays in the everyday lives of Alabamians. That includes how water:

-Connects us to nature
-Sustains life as we know it
-Nurtures our cities and our culture
-Unites or divides people and communities
-Affects how we live, work, worship, create, and play


Tour dates

Water Wise workshop: Feb. 11, 2022

Join us for a SUPER Teacher workshop that flows into our Smithsonian “Water/Ways” exhibit currently traveling Alabama.



Workshop details:
-Explore how Alabama’s waterways have shaped Alabama’s history
-Learn to use Google Earth in the classroom
-Tour the traveling Smithsonian exhibit,
“Water/Ways,” at the Elba Theatre
-Walk to the WPA levee on Whitewater Creek

-Dr. Jim Brown, Ph.D., retired historian (Samford University)
-Dr. Bill Deutsch, Ph.D., retired aquatic biologist (Auburn University)

Teacher benefits:
-$100 stipend
-5 CEU credits
-Tour of Water/Ways
-Copy of Dr. Deutsch’s book, Alabama Rivers

A view of the Moundville site on the Black Warrior River in central Alabama.

Water/Ways in Alabama (2021-2022)

The Water/Ways Smithsonian exhibition will travel to five Alabama cities across 2021–2022, visiting Danville, Guntersville, Bessemer, Camden, and Elba. Choose when and where you quench your curiosity.

Plan your visit

Coming in 2022-2023:
Crossroads: Change in Rural America

The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) traveling exhibition, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, looks at remarkable 20th-century societal change and how rural Americans responded.

If your community is interested in hosting this exhibit, contact Laura Anderson at 205.558.3992 or