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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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A wonderful surprise!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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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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Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My trip to the carnival museum was one of awe. The amount of work, materials and themes for each that goes into making the costumes and trains is amazing. Interesting history of "Mardi Gras " in Mobile being first to celebrate in the Americas.

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Mobile, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Everyone thinks that Mardi Gras started in New Orleans, but it really started in Mobile. This is a great place to get acquainted with Mardi Gras and Mobile.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

When we first saw this listed as an attraction we were going to blow it off. After all who would want to see a museum about carny rides? We arrived in Mobile about 10 days before Mardi Gras and were amazed to be told there was a Mardi Gras parade that evening. We really enjoyed watching it and watched another... More 

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Destin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I had been to the Mardi Gras museum in Biloxi and there wasn't much to it, however they were still working on it. I didn't know what to expect here and never thought I would enjoy it as much as I did! Now... if you are pressed for time you can run through it in probably 30 minutes which is... More 

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Irvington, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a fun place with a lot of history. The exhibits are great and the historic clothing and rooms are great. I will go back.

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AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A group of us went here recently. We had a wonderful guide. There are three floors of Mardi Gras history and a short film. It takes about 90 minutes to tour. They let us leave our cars there while we walked to our next stop, A Spot of Tea.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

We randomly stopped here on the recommendation of a friend and it was great. The royal costumes were amazing, and it's hard to imagine them done by hand. The staff do like to talk and share the knowledge, which was great, as they are very proud of the heritage and history. They are certainly not afraid to speak their mind... More 

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