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Mobile Carnival Museum

355 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 432-3324
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Ranked #4 of 31 attractions in Mobile
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: This museum documents Mobile's long affair with the winter carnival.
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206 reviews 206 reviews
90 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This small museum tells about how Mardi Gras and carnival began in Mobile. The examples of gowns for the King and Queen are simply amazing. You need to watch the movie to appreciate the background of Mardi Gras in Mobil. There are several volunteer guides and be sure they take you around to better understand the museum. Small admission fee.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Located in downtown Mobile the Carnival Museum has a good sized parking lot and can also be reached by the free trolley that runs from Fort Conde, the visitors' centre. Robes of previous kings and queens of Mardi Gras are displayed in a beautiful old house that is a perfect setting for the museum. Entrance cost is reasonable at $5.00... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We visited the Museum during Mardi Gras, in between parades. It is situated on the parade route so easy to park for the day and take in both parades and the museum. Our "informal guide" was very informative, and participates himself in a Mardi Gras non parading organization. The displays of trains worn by the kings and queens of the... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This tour is a great intro to the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile. The movie did a great job of explaining the history.

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Mobile, Alabama
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22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Mardi Gras began in Mobile and this museum is a fitting tribute to our history. You wil see beautiful ball gowns and see many fun things that brings Mardi Gras to life in our city. Definitely worth your time.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We visited during Mardi Gras so the museum was very busy. As a consequence they were not able to conduct tours due the volume of visitors. Nevertheless we were welcomed and given a brief history of the festival, the participants and costumes before being shown an introductory film. For the most part the museum is about the displays of trains... More

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

NB: Only open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the week (not sure about weekends - check on their website). The display of the floats is a bit disappointing - you can experience being on a float, but a few more replicas, models or even pictures of floats through the years would be a big improvement in that part of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

This museum has costumes and trains on display that were full of color. The glitter is from Austrian crystals, not sequins. These items are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is incredible to see the amount of money spent on costumes that are only worn once. It was wonderful to tour because it gave us a great understanding of... More

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Minnesota, USA
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Very interesting tour. Well worth the stop. The staff was very friendly and informative. Amazing history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Lovely staff, great displays, and one surprising room after another. What a great way to learn about the history of Mardi Gras, which originated here in Mobile!

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