The museum complex consists of two houses that have played an important part in Birmingham's History; the John West Hunter house and the Allen House. The houses tell the story of Birmingham from two very different viewpoints. The Allen House is from the early 20th century, while the John West Hunter house is from the early 19th century. The museum has a small staff that is assisted by numerous volunteers and the exhibits change frequently. It is a good place to take the kids on a rainy day, the houses are beautiful and I believe they can even be rented for functions.