Rome Area History Museum
Rome Area History Museum, currently directed by Leigh Barba, was founded in 1996 to promote an understanding of the shared past, to enrich local lives, and to inspire a stronger sense of community. Since its establishment, the museum has received over 80,000 visitors. It is currently located in a former department store building at the corner of Third Avenue and Broad Street in downtown Rome, Georgia, United States. The museum strives to achieve its goals through preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting collections portraying the history of Rome and the surrounding area. It is a vital center for local historical research; and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. The permanent exhibits of the museum include: Native Americans in Floyd County; the founding of Rome; the local flood of 1886; and the local effects of wars. The Civil War exhibit contains a display of various rifles, swords, shots, shells, bullets, and uniform buckles. A Civil War hospital takes visitors back in time showing a surgeons kit that would have been used to tend to the wounded. On October 17, 2003, the museum opened a new permanent exhibit on the incredible life of native Roman, Admiral John H. Towers who is widely considered the Father of Naval Aviation. Other permanent exhibits display the development of Rome’s culture, life-ways, and industries. Original documents such as maps, blueprints, photos, personal letters, and business records provide primary sources that paint a picture of Rome’s history. The museum's archives house photographs, books, and manuscripts pertaining to the Northwest Georgia region. The museum also offers temporary exhibits, such as "Baseball History and Memorabilia".