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.
What to See at the GulfQuest Museum
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. GulfQuest’s proximity to the cruise terminal also makes it an easy stopover before or after going on a cruise.
Tips for Visiting the GulfQuest Museum
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 4 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 am to 5 pm. Admission is $13 for children, $15 for students and seniors, and $16 for adults. Parking is available onsite for a small fee.
Where to Eat Near the GulfQuest Museum
There’s a cafe at GulfQuest, The Galley, with a full menu of seafood and other local delights as well as a gift shop with maritime-inspired items. It’s currently undergoing renovations.
Dauphin Street is a short walk away and has countless dining options. Serda’s Coffee Company is one, featuring coffee, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.
Squid Ink Eclectic Eats and Drinks is owned by the team behind Panini Pete’s and has pasta, sandwiches, burgers, and craft cocktails. For Latin fare, head to Roosters, which has a menu that includes tacos, burritos, and sandwiches.
Where to Stay Near the GulfQuest Museum
The Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza is another favorite with views of the Mobile Bay, attached to the convention center. Guests have access to the outdoor pool and fitness center.