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Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

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Address: 65 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602
Phone Number: 877.625.4FUN
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The Gulf Coast

Exploreum Science Center

is a not-for-profit, mission-based,...

The Gulf Coast

Exploreum Science Center

is a not-for-profit, mission-based, science center that promotes science

learning through a variety of inquiry-based educational and entertaining

activities, including exhibits, IMAX films, demonstrations, workshops and

teacher professional development.

Located in

downtown Mobile, Exploreum visitors can experience more than 150 hands-on

science adventures in three permanent galleries: Hands On Hall, the Wharf

of

Wonder and My BodyWorks, the most advanced health exhibit in the nation.

The

Exploreum also features large-scale, family friendly, interactive

traveling exhibits,

year-round with broad science content and supplementary, themed educational

programming. Guests can also enjoy demonstrations or workshops in the

ChemLab, BioLab or new ExploreTEC lab and see a film in the J.L. Bedsole

IMAX

Theater.

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Sherlocked!

Amazing trip through time to solve a not difficult mystery. My daughter and I were fully engaged and enjoyed the higher order thinking required to decipher clues from red... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Therese S
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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Alabama
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family goes to the Exploreum often and we always have a great time. They change at least part of the museum several times a year. Today, we saw the Sherlock Holmes Clocktower Mystery. We read clues and discussed possibilities. At the end, we were able to to talk to a live actor to see if we had solved the... More 

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I remember going on field trips here all the time when I was younger and absolutely loving it. Of course, every time we went there was a cool exhibit going on (the best one being their exhibit on Pompeii). I recently went with a friend when there was no exhibit going on, and being 20 years old I pretty much... More 

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Thank Shayna95
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always a great place to visit young or old. We went just for the sherlock Holmes exhibit. Which was totally awesome, no spoilers but you get to solve a mystery

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1 Thank laura o
Pensacola, Florida
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the center years ago and was looking forward to the day I figured my 4 year old would benefit. Clearly the center is designed for field trips with several areas for large groups. However it was dead during the time we went. Several workers sitting around with little interaction with guests. If you are into STEM activities the... More 

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1 Thank KyleKinser
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, AL or the science museum in Mobile (for short) had some exhibits that did not work. The Sherlock Holmes exhibit was well done and maintained with a great ending by a live character. We appreciated the live science experiment. The Wharf is great for the little ones. The hands-on projects in this... More 

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Thank TawnyaK
Southern States, USA
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful Facility, however, many of the exhibits were not working properly. All machines were out of cards in the My Body Works exhibit. The Sherlock Holmes exhibit is not geared towards small children. I should have asked for a refund. Consider it my donation towards improvements.

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Thank Aligbythesea
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing history of the Gulf Region, Mobile Bay and oceanography. Wonderful hands on experience for all ages! A must see!

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Thank latechkd
Mobile, Alabama
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We go here at least twice a year just to go. They always have rotating exhibits and the hands on activities keep the kids entertained for a while. Great in the summer too since it's air conditioned!!!!

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Thank Corey20
Columbus, Texas, Usa
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11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

STEM oriented, interesting museum for kids, but many of the exhibits were not working. The kids enjoyed it though and had lots of hands on fun, Reasonably priced.

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Thank Donna P
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing trip through time to solve a not difficult mystery. My daughter and I were fully engaged and enjoyed the higher order thinking required to decipher clues from red herrings. As avid Doyle fans, we found this a very worthy exhibit.

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Thank Therese S

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