What do you think of when someone mentions Mobile, AL?
The beaches, the cruise ship, Mardi Gras, the humidity.
While all of these are staples to the city, even the humidity, many people forget that Mobile is filthy rich in history!
There are plenty of museums to visit throughout the city.
And what better time to get out and about in the city’s culture than when the temperature finally starts to cool down?
Do yourself a favor and visit one of these magical places this fall!
History Museum Of Mobile
History Museum of Mobile has a large variety of collections surrounding Mobile’s history.
Are you interested in doing your research on 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.
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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 many exhibits come and go, the Museum of Art is happy to announce they have an exhibition 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 museums, opening its doors in 2015.
The building was designed to resemble a container ship replica 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 inside and outside!
The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
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 and artillery and explore the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, home to historic aircraft used over the last century!
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Mobile Carnival Museum – Museums of Mobile Alabama
Are you interested in the history of Mardi Gras?
Immerse yourself in the rich history and unique traditions at the Mobile Carnival Museum!
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!
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 on Mobile history throughout the city.