The Murals of Auburn-Opelika

Arts & Culture


There are several murals painted by local and regional artists scattered throughout the Auburn-Opelika area. Some are new and some have been around for a while. Have you spotted all of these yet? Snap a selfie at each one and be sure to tag #auburnopelika!

BLESS YOU WALL

Driving through downtown Opelika, this beautiful reminder exemplifies all things Southern. The colors are bright and bold and quite flattering in selfies. 

 

THE YELLOW UMBRELLA

Rain or shine, this two-dimensional umbrella is a staple in downtown Opelika. Grab some friends and pose away to get the perfect Instagram shot worth posting. We promise. 

 

BUTTERFLY MURAL

This is one of the newest murals in Auburn-Opelika and was recently painted in downtown Opelika. The Butterfly Mural is located next to the Yellow Umbrella, so you can check out two at once. It was originally painted for Down Syndrome awareness month. Make sure you use the hashtag #myopelika so they can see you posing with their work. 

 

GREETINGS FROM OPELIKA MURAL

Looking for a virtual postcard? We’ve got just what you are in the market for, a postcard mural! Perfect for you Instagram lovers looking for another way to share a travel update. Full of everything Opelika, this mural paints the picture of what it truly is like to visit. Located on the front side of the library in Opelika, it's conveniently located and a perfect spot to stop for a photo op while roaming around town! 

 


MOES BBQ'S DANCING BEARS

Since renovating over the summer, Moes BBQ in downtown Auburn added a fun flair to their back porch. These dancing bears are sure to bring back some good memories and are a fun backdrop to enjoy while chowing down on some delicious BBQ. 

 

 

LITTLE ITALY’S PIZZA SUN

Downtown Auburn's late-night pizza parlor, Little Italy, has a not-so-well-known mini mural just begging for some Instagram love. It is a colorful piece perfectly representing the cheesy deliciousness that awaits inside. 

 

 

WAR EAGLE WALL

Now, this is an Auburn staple. How could you not want your picture made in front of the iconic War Eagle or Go Tigers wall? Conveniently located by J&M Bookstore, snap a pic during your next Toomer's roll! 

 

 

THE FREEWHEELER

The Freewheeler is an Auburn classic and has been around since the '80s. It can be seen while parking at Live Oaks or driving on N. College Street. The larger-than-life mural lives on what once was Auburn's go-to bike store. Definitely a bit older than the others, this mural holds a special place in the hearts of long-time Auburn visitors. 

 

 

AUBURN SPIRIT MURAL 

Inspired by the Auburn spirit, local artist R.C. Hagans sketched out this mural that is located near the original Momma G's. The two eagles, the tiger, and the colors the artist picked to embody Auburn itself are bold and modern. May the best Auburn Spirit selfie win!

 

 

OCEANS IN DOWNTOWN AUBURN

Once again in downtown Auburn, as you are driving downtown you might see bright blue ocean waves filled with colorful handprints painted on the side of the former Bicycle Shop. It is an older mural but still displays beautiful colors and is a fun piece for children to put their hands on. 

 

 

JULE COLLINS SMITH MUSEUM'S INDOOR MURAL

Mural hunters, we have one more for you! Did you know there is a mural painted inside of Jule Collins? It was hand-painted, sketched, and drawn out and is beautifully displayed inside the auditorium. The piece features Samford Hall, an astronaut, and a graduation ceremony. 

 

ALABAMA HISTORY MURAL

In downtown Opelika, there is a newer mural on the outside of the Museum of East Alabama. The mural represents what’s displayed in the museum, which not only tells the history of Opelika but also the history of the five surrounding counties that make up East Alabama.

 

STEVIE NICKS MURAL

This mural is along one of the walls on the back patio of Rock 'N Roll Pinball. The mural was painted by locaal artist Brett Young. It shows a young Stevie Nicks in one of her famous shawls surrounded by waves of colors. "We have lava lamps in the front room in Rock N' Roll so I thought it would be cool if we used that to bring in the flowy, trippy vibes," said Young. "I chose Stevie Nicks becasue I really like her and the black and white made a great contrast with the colorful background." (p.s. Behind the wall is the Jail House, a small speakeasy. Ask the Rock 'N Roll staff about it)