History Museum of Mobile: This gem has a large variety of collections surrounding Mobile’s history. Speaking of gems, from September 6- December 1, 2019, the featured exhibit is all about diamonds. From the process of harvesting them to learning to examine your own diamonds with a professional eye, this exhibit offers a wealth of knowledge to viewers. Interested in doing your own research of the city’s history? The Jack Friend Research Library is where you should begin. It’s a part of the museum!
Phoenix Fire Museum: Also a part of the History Museum of Mobile is the Phoenix Fire Museum. It is free! This treasure is a restored firehouse. Once occupied by the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department No. 6, this two-story wonder takes you back to what it looked like to be a fireman in the early to mid-1800s.
Mobile Museum of Art: This is an art-lover’s paradise! Now measuring over 95,000 square feet, the museum houses more than 10,000 pieces of art of all shapes and sizes. While there are many exhibits that come and go, the Museum of Art is happy to announce they have an exhibit specifically for children, and this one is here to stay!
GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast: Prefer something a bit more hands-on? Give GulfQuest a try! This museum is one of Mobile’s newest museum, opening its doors in 2015. The building was designed to be a replica of a container ship and overlooks the Mobile River. There are over 90 interactive exhibits, theaters, simulators and displays to experience. Make sure to bring your walking shoes, but don’t worry. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view of the river both inside and outside!
USS Alabama: While you’re downtown visiting GulfQuest, head up the causeway to the battleship! The USS Alabama has lived quite an adventurous life. She was born in Virginia in 1940 and made her way to the North Atlantic in 1943 for World War II, eventually landing in Mobile, AL. In 1962, when the federal government declared that the USS Alabama (among others) would be “scrapped,” an ambitious group of Mobilians said otherwise. The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park opened its doors in 1965. Today, in addition to the ship, visitors can also see tanks, artillery and explore the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, home to historic aircraft used over the last century!
Mobile Carnival Museum: Are you interested in the history of Mardi Gras? Immerse yourself in the rich history and unique traditions of the carnival! You can view floats, gowns worn by the Mardi Gras royalty and even their jewels! You can book groups or even school tours for this.
These are merely a few of the many museums Mobile has to offer! The Mobile Medical Museum, Richards DAR House, The Fort of Colonial Mobile, The Bragg Mitchell Mansion, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum, Mobile Police History Museum and the National African-American Archives & Multicultural Museum each offer their unique perspective to Mobile history throughout the city, as well.
Author: Michelle Murrill
CEO Southern View Media