Attractions

Mobile has museums and attractions celebrating almost any local topic: history, art, science, horticulture, marine biology, antebellum architecture and, of course, the pageantry and revelry of Mardi Gras. These world-class museums not only make Mobile a cultural destination, but also provide educational facilities seldom found in a city its size.

 

Museums


The History Museum of Mobile and Welcome Center

111 S. Royal St., Mobile

(251) 208-7569

www.museumofmobile.com

The History Museum of Mobile, located in a national landmark building, uses interactive exhibits to tell the story of Mobile’s more than 300-year history. The museum also serves as the city’s official welcome center.

 

Mobile Museum of Art

4850 Museum Dr., Mobile

(251) 208-5200

www.mobilemuseumofart.com

The Mobile Museum of Art is the setting for a permanent collection of more than 9,000 works of art spanning two centuries, as well as a changing series of traveling exhibitions and regional art exhibits.

 

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

65 Government St., Mobile

(251) 208-6881

www.exploreum.com

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center features permanent exhibitions including “My BodyWorks,” “Hands on Hall” and “Minds on Hall,” as well as major traveling exhibits and movies in the J.L.Bedsole IMAX® Dome Theater.

 

Mobile Carnival Museum

355 Government St., Mobile

(251) 432-3324

www.mobilecarnivalmuseum.com

The William J. and Emily Staples Hearin Mobile Carnival Museum showcases Mobile as the birthplace of Mardi Gras. The museum allows visitors to experience the excitement of a Mardi Gras parade any time of the year.

 

Mobile Medical Museum

1664 Springhill Ave., Mobile

(251) 415-1109

www.mobilemedicalmuseum.com

The Mobile Medical Museum uncovers 200 years of medical history.

 

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

301 Conti St., Mobile

(251) 208-5671

www.alabamacontemporary.com

The Alabama Contemporary Art Center shows modern art in an industrial setting in the center of downtown.

Natural Beauty

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Rd., Theodore

(251) 973-2217

www.bellingrath.org

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, just south of the city, is one of America’s most beautiful display gardens and one of the Gulf Coast’s most popular attractions.

 

Mobile Botanical Gardens

5151 Museum Dr., Mobile

(251) 342-0555

www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org

Located near Langan Park, the Mobile Botanical Gardens encompass a 100-acre site of cultivated gardens, woodland trails and a longleaf pine forest.

 

Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island

(251) 861-2141

www.disl.org

The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab shows visitors the ecological balance of the four key fish and wildlife habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Five Rivers – Alabama’s Delta Resource Center

30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort

(251) 625-0814

www.alabama5rivers.com

Just minutes from downtown, the state’s 83-acre waterfront complex, 5 Rivers – Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, provides public access to the wonders of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta with hundreds of miles of rivers and wetlands.

 

Historic House Museums


 

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

1906 Springhill Ave., Mobile

(251) 471-6364

www.braggmitchellmansion.com

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion gives a glimpse of lavish plantation life.

 

Condé-Charlotte Museum House

104 Theatre St., Mobile

(251) 432-4722

www.facebook.com/Conde-Charlotte-Museum-House

The Condé-Charlotte House, built in the 1820s, is one of the city’s oldest surviving houses and is furnished to represent five periods of Mobile’s history.

 

Oakleigh Historic Complex

300 Oakleigh Place, Mobile

(251) 432-6161

www.historicoakleigh.org

Built in 1833, Oakleigh, a classic example of Greek Revival architecture, is Mobile’s official antebellum mansion.

 

Other house museums include the Richards-DAR House, known for its exceptional iron-lace balconies, and the Portier House, home to Mobile’s first five Catholic bishops.

Historic Sites

Battleship Memorial Park

2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile

(251) 433-2703

www.ussalabama.com

Battleship Memorial Park features the USS ALABAMA, a World War II-era battleship, along with the submarine USS DRUM, an aircraft pavilion of historic planes and several war memorials.

 

Fort Condé

150 S. Royal St., Mobile

Fort Condé is a partial replica of the French colonial fort built in the early 1700s. Using costumed re-enactors, the attraction recreates Mobile’s colonial history under the French, Spanish and English.

Guarding the mouth of Mobile Bay, historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan on the opposite shore played major roles in the Civil War.

 

Tours

Gulf Coast Ducks

2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile

(251) 802-8687

www.gulfcoastducks.com

Leaving from Battleship Memorial Park or Fort Condé Welcome Center, Gulf Coast Ducks offers light-hearted but informative tours of the city and its waterfront.