The Berman Museum houses the more than 6,000 piece collection of Farley and Germaine Berman, as well as the over 1000 piece Asian Art collection from the Foo Family, and collection pieces from many other donors.
In the American West gallery, visitors discover the history of the exploration and colonization of the American West. View artifacts and weapons from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish American War. Observe our collection of Remington and Russell bronze sculptures. Children explore our hands-on frontier wagon and marvel at our life-size dioramas.
The Deadly Beauty gallery contains examples of rare and exotic weapons from around the world. Visitors can examine Berman’s collection of spy and combination weapons – remember, not all is as it seems! Other items found in the gallery include sets of medieval armor, Czech coronation set, and items that personally belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte. Do not leave without seeing the Persian Scimitar of Abbas I, encrusted with 1295 diamonds, 50 carats of rubies, a 10-carat emerald in the hilt and 3 pounds of gold.
In the Foo Gallery of Asian Art, guests admire ceramics, furniture, and sculptures from across the Asiatic world. Icons from Buddhism and Hinduism coincide with beautiful home furnishings. Children can smell exotic spices and try-on cultural clothing at our hands-on station.
Our World Wars galleries illustrate the dramatic times of WWI and WWII through artifacts and images. Guests can see items owned by Mussolini, as well as Adolf Hitler’s personal silver tea service. This hall also contains an extensive collection of machine guns, mortars, mines and bazooka/rocket launchers. Children explore a recreation of a WWI trench dugout and examine clothing and items from WWII in our hands-on trunk.
The Pearl Harbor room, a continuation of the World Wars Gallery, not only tells the story of the “date which will live in infamy”, but it also personalizes those that were lost during the attack. This exhibit focuses on the stories of three men from Calhoun County who were killed in the attack: William Francis Roberts, Frank Weaver Hindman, and George Washington Ingram. Listen to President Roosevelt address the nation, while examining keepsakes, photos, and the largest piece of the U.S.S. Arizona ever given.
In the changing exhibits gallery, the Berman Museum displays more of its unique collection. Currently, the gallery hosts Polished Portraits: The Bronzes of Germaine Berman.
While serving in WWII, Germaine Berman watched helplessly as Allied and Axis governments destroyed valuable artworks, including bronze sculpture. After the war, Germaine was determined to preserve as many European bronzes as possible. Polished Portraits exhibits thirty-two pieces of Germaine’s personal bronze sculpture collection, with subjects ranging from Animalia to deities. In this gallery, visitors will learn the history of how bronze sculptures are made and view pieces from the greats, such as Rodin and Renoir. At the center of the exhibit is Germaine’s story, illustrating how her love for art and her determination to preserve it has given Anniston and the art world at large a lasting legacy.