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


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.

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A view of the Alabama River from a bridge in Claiborne, Alabama.

Water Wise workshop (June 7-9, 2021)

Explore the history, diversity, and value of Alabama’s waterways in this workshop designed especially for humanities teachers. Earn 11 hours of professional development credit.

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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.

For more information about Museum on Main Street exhibitions and events, contact Laura Anderson at 205.558.3992 or