Mobile, Alabama has a long tradition of maritime culture including shipping and seafood. GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico opened to provide hands-on exhibits on all aspects of the industry. Planning began in 1990, followed by construction in 2010. The museum opened to the public in September of 2015 and is the only one of its kind devoted to the gulf. The multiple floors include almost 100 exhibits, theater experiences, displays and simulators for all ages. Best of all, the museum overlooks the port where much of the action takes place.
Among the memorable exhibits are the life-sized replica of a container ship, a multimedia theater playing a documentary about the gulf’s tragedies like hurricanes and oil spills, remote-controlled ships, and an interactive experience that allows visitors to steer their own ship. They also host regularly changing exhibits about different aspects of the maritime industry.
Give yourself at least three hours to explore the museum and to experience all its interactive aspects. There’s a cafe with a full menu of seafood and other local delights as well as a gift shop with maritime-inspired items. GulfQuest’s proximity to the cruise terminal also makes it an easy stopover before or after going on a cruise.
If You Go
GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is located at 155 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Admission is $14 for children, $16 for students and seniors, and $18 for adults. Parking available onsite for a small fee.