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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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wonderful place and very reasonable.

Craig, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about Mobile and the history of the Mardi Gras through the years. The King and Queen costumes were all very beautiful (exquisite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Craig, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about Mobile and the history of the Mardi Gras through the years. The King and Queen costumes were all very beautiful (exquisite!) and when we were through with the tour, the gift shop had very reasonable souvenirs to remind us of our trip to Mobile.

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livingston, tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A must-read! I am not a big Mardi Gras fan but was very pleasantly surprised at the amount of, and interesting things to see in this museum. They have numerous robe-trains, used by the Mardi Gras king and queen each year, on display. They are very beautiful and ornate and all hand-sewn. The staff was friendly and the gift shop... More 

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Satsuma, Alabama, United States
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A great museum to learn about Mobile's carnival history! Many photos, clothing worn by the "kings and queens", and other items of interest are on display. Don't forget to go to the gift shop if you would like Mobile related souvenirs!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I did not know Mobile was so French and the original home of Mardi Gras. The gowns which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars were handmade with real pearls and crystals. They are paid for by families who pass the tradition down for generations.

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Many people do not realize that Mobile was the original city that held Mardi Gras celebrations in the USA. This museum tells of that history. There are many beautiful gowns and trains worn by Mardi Gras queens thru the years.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I learned a lot about the history of Mardi Gras that I was completely unaware of. The docent was very knowledgeable and could answer any question. The tour moved a little slow for me. I might recommend the audio tour. For me the best part was the gowns. I would love to go back just to see the gowns again.

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Metairie, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The history of Mardi Gras in Alabama is fascinating. I was traveling with a friend and we had a few hours to kill and stumbled upon this place. I am glad we did. I have spent a lot of Mardi Gras days in New Orleans so this was entertaining to understand the Mobile history.

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Austin, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This was such an interesting museum! The docents were knowledgeable and obviously very involved in the Mobile Carnival festivities. The museum was packed with magnificent ballgowns from years past, which are rotated on and off display. Having grown up in New Orleans, now I want to experience Mardi Gras in Mobile! It was well worth the small price of admission... More 

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A great little museum showcasing the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile. I have to say that I was impressed by the facility.

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Enid, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We loved hearing about the original Mardi Gras and seeing all the outfits. Wonderful docent takes you around to explain it all. Well worth the time. Was only $5. Only open certain days so check schedule.

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Address: 355 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602
Phone Number: (251) 432-3324
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Mobile

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