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Mobile Carnival Museum

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Address: 355 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602
Phone Number: (251) 432-3324
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Description: This museum documents Mobile's long affair with the winter carnival.

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After our visit it makes me want to do Mardi Gras in Mobile. Introductory film set the stage and the museum gives a visitor a nice history of Carnival. Loved the many displays... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Kirkland, Washington
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109 reviews 109 reviews
10 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

After our visit it makes me want to do Mardi Gras in Mobile. Introductory film set the stage and the museum gives a visitor a nice history of Carnival. Loved the many displays of costumes and clothing worn by the Royalty over the years. Lots to look at in the gift store.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place was recommended by a local we asked for directions. It was, unforunately closed on Thursdays...but it looks as though it would be a fun and interesting place to visit.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Seeing that it was my very, first Mardi Gras, I thought it was appropriate to visit the Carnival Museum. I would have liked a bit more history in general but they had a nice collection of the gowns and capes worn by prior Kings & Queens.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Mobile originated Mardi Gras and this museum shows the history from beginning to present. Mardi Gras gowns from turn of the century as well as photo history. Great history lesson. Don't miss.

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Mobile, Alabama
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15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

They have a lot of artifacts from photos to gowns and a great deal of historical information on Mardi Gras in Mobile. Adult admission is currently $5 per person.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

our group went to the Mobile Carnival Museum not only to see the displays but to participate in the Mobile Mystery Dinner. the show was based on our group exclusively but would be a great place to go with friends. don's expect the biggest dinner. the food was good and the wine was flowing. the best parts of the night... More 

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Newnan, Georgia
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Don't go to the front door expecting to get in. The entrance is to the left through the gift shop. Free parking is provided in the lot in front of the gift shop. We almost thought it was closed but lucked up when we realized that the entrance was through the gift shop. Signage needs to be improved. Well worth... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I have to admit to being a Mardi Gras dummy...until visiting The Carnival Museum! Had it not been for the recommendations on TripAdvisor, I probably wouldn't have ventured there. The tour takes about 45 minutes- ours was guided by a very knowledgeable and entertaining Doug. I was absolutely fascinated by the rich history and the costumes. If you are visiting... More 

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Carrollton, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Did you know that Mardi Gras started in Mobile, AL, not in New Orleans? Just one of many fascinating things we learned at this museum. The King and Queen costumes and all the chatchki in their collection was incredible.

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MOBILE
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

There's nothing I can say I don't like, other than narrow stairs, which is part of most Mobile historical buildings. The guides are wonderful story tellers and provide groups with lots of knowledge. I loved the humor of not talking about NOLA, as well as the amazing collection of trains and Mardi Gras items.

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