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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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Fantastic & Facinating!

I knew that Mobile was here Mardi Gras originated, but I had no idea there was such a rich history and such amazing costumes for the crowned Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I knew that Mobile was here Mardi Gras originated, but I had no idea there was such a rich history and such amazing costumes for the crowned Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras. We were treated to a short film before going in and looking at all the exhibits. There is a fun area for kids to dress up and... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

Turns out the first celebration of Mardi Gras was in Mobile - not New Orleans! (Probably shouldn't tell that to a NOLA resident!) We started with a look at how the floats are built, some history (in a short film) of the Mobile revelry and then room after room of the most elaborate (and beautiful) outfits actually worn by past... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Actually visited this museum on my first trip to Mobile. Everyone should walk through it is amazing and interesting to hear the history. Even if Mobile thinks Mardi Gras began there and not in New Orleans.

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Sun Valley, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The Mobile Carnival Museum has beautiful displays of Mardi Gras royal regalia. The museum is on the smaller side, and light on parade-focused exhibits, but learning about the more traditional side of Carnival in Mobile made the trip worthwhile for me.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I learned so much about the origins of Mardi Gras! It was wonderful to have the free guided tour. The friendly tour guide was happy to answer questions, really made me feel like I was getting insider info about a special Mobile tradition. I felt like the admission price was quiet reasonable. They have a wonderful collection.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

What a different museum. You only need about an hour to visit the museum. I learned a lot about Mardi Gras in Mobile. It was very interesting and informative. The staff was very hospitable.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

An unassuming beginning of our tour, once you watch the movie and enter the first room you might think " is this all there is"? Well, each room has more surprises for you, unbelievable costumes ranging over at least one hundred years, room after room, floor after floor is filled with these treasures, information and wonderful historical facts. We spent... More 

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Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I was fascinated to learn that Mardi Gras originated in AL rather than New Orleans and really enjoyed the film they show before you enter the museum outlining how the parade came about. However, I was rather astonished to learn that Alabamians' have one king and queen for Caucasians and a separate royal pair for African Americans. The tour guide... More 

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Mobile, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

This museum is small but packed with history. Elaborate gowns, costumes and film footage depicting the long and joyous history of Mardi gras in Mobile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We were driving from Atlanta to New Orleans and decided to take a stop in Mobile. This was an awesome visit. Your guide was really knowledgable and the history was interesting! Definitely worth visit and the price! Adults are $5 each and kids under 12 are $2.

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