“10 for $10” tour to highlight museums

Published 4:31 pm Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Selma and Dallas County Tourism Department is bringing back a popular tour for the second consecutive year.

Last year, “7 for $7” — where visitors paid $7 and could see seven museums — was a big success. Ashley Mason, the director of Selma and Dallas County Tourism, said almost 100 people attended last year.

This year the tour will be Aug. 7-8 and is expanding to include three more museums. The 2015 version of the tour is appropriately nicknamed “10 for $10,” where visitors will pay $10 and see 10 museums.

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The tour will include Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, the Old Depot Museum, Selma Interpretive Center, Vaughan-Smitherman Museum, the Ancient Africa, Enslavement and Civil War Museum, the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Sturdivant Hall, the Jackson Home Historic Site, JC Bates Children’s Educational Museum and the Rosa Young Museum.

The tour is one of many promising tours and programs started by Mason. Our hope is that 10 for $10 will attract visitors who want to do more than make a quick stop at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way through town.

However, it’s not just tourists the museum tour should attract.

Selma’s locals probably don’t spend a lot of weekends going to the museums, especially if they’ve lived here the majority of their life, but it’s hard to pass up a chance to see them all for $10.

Not only is the price affordable, but it’s also a chance to see how the museums have changed in recent years.

Many of them, like the Old Depot Museum, have been upgraded over time.

Plus, anyone that attends all 10 sites during the two-day event will be entered to win a gift basket full of various goodies made in Selma.

We’re looking for a big turnout from locals and tourists and are hopeful a big crowd will be the spark needed to cement the museum tour as an annual event.