George Washington Carver, c1910.
George Washington Carver, c1910.

George Washington Carver Museum

Field review by the editors.

Tuskegee, Alabama

"Please Mr. Creator, will you tell me why the peanut was made?" George Washington Carver said he asked this of God after he'd convinced Southern farmers to save their soil by growing peanuts instead of cotton. What to do with all those peanuts?

God answered, and George Washington Carver invented peanut mayonnaise, instant coffee, and substitute asparagus; peanut face bleach, dandruff shampoo, and axle grease; peanut laxatives, diesel fuel, and goiter treatment.

George Washington Carver's lab was at Tuskegee University, and the campus converted its old laundry into a museum. Henry Ford dedicated the museum in 1941, embedding in its floor three auto parts made of "soybean plastic" that Carver helped to develop. The exhibits included his inventions, his artwork (he'd won an honorable mention at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair), and his natural history collection -- including giant vegetables in jars. Much has disappeared over the years due to fires and cautious curators, but the museum still has a "soil monolith" to show how Carver extracted paint pigments from Alabama clay; and a bust of Carver wearing his lab apron, cradling peanuts in his hands.

GWC should not be confused with Booker T. Washington, of whom there is a statue just down the street.

George Washington Carver Museum

Address:
1212 West Montgomery Rd, Tuskegee, AL
Directions:
On the Tuskegee University campus. I-85 exit 38. Drive south on Notasulga Rd/Hwy 81 for a little over three miles, following Hwy 81. Once in Tuskegee, turn west onto Old Montgomery Rd and drive one mile. Turn right at the stoplight, through the brick gateway, and onto campus, then immediately turn right onto Campus Rd. The museum will be on the left.
Hours:
Daily 9 am - 4:30 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
334-727-3200
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Booker T. Washington and FriendBooker T. Washington and Friend, Tuskegee, AL - < 1 mi.
Bird Dog Statue, Field Trial Capital of the WorldBird Dog Statue, Field Trial Capital of the World, Union Springs, AL - 20 mi.
Bunnymen in a LakeBunnymen in a Lake, Auburn, AL - 17 mi.
In the region:
Metal Mutant Sculptures, Brundidge, AL - 49 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Alabama

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Alabama.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Alabama Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

The Strange Grave of John Milburn Davis, Hiawatha, Kansas (Apr 19-25, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now