History Museum of Mobile
History Museum of Mobile
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The History Museum of Mobile is where Mobile’s story begins. Over 117,000 objects weave together the rich, diverse, and often turbulent histories of Mobile and the surrounding area, from the prehistoric past to the present. Located in the heart of downtown, the History Museum of Mobile operates three campuses: The primary exhibitions are located in the Old City Hall-Southern Market building at 111 South Royal Street; Colonial Fort Condé is at 150 South Royal Street; and the Phoenix Fire Museum is at 203 South Claiborne Street.
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GretchenDK
Montclair, NJ132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I enjoyed the entire museum but I was really surprised and pleased at just how much information was given about the slave trade and Mobile and about how blacks were not given the same level of education as whites. For them to be that open and honest about the city's history in terms of the black experience was really amazing. They even talked about the Creole experience as well. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.
But I was totally shocked and mesmerized by the miniature doll house collection. These are truly works of art. We visited on their free Sunday so the cost couldn't be beat. There is another free open house coming up on August 1 were even more items will be on display. I will try and come back to that as well.
The only reason I did not give it five stars is because it would really have been nice to have had a guided tour with an actual tour guide or docent because i know there were things we probably missed.
Written July 18, 2021
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Barry M
Memphis, TN407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We originally visited the museum to see the Viking exhibit but ended up finding the rest of the museum much more interesting. There was a display on the ground floor of hand-crafted doll houses which was fantastic. Also Mobile's history is presented in a very enjoyable format - concise and compelling. I liked all the information and displays of the submarine CSS HLHunley (the actual sub can be seen at the USS Alabama site, between the air museum and the USS Drum).
Written May 2, 2022
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ChrisH
Frederick, MD524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Two adults spent about five hours in the History Museum of Mobile on a Friday afternoon in early June. It was not crowded, which made for a pleasant experience. YMMV. The Viking special exhibit was absolutely fascinating—really a world class exhibit. Our only complaint was that we wished it included more items, they were well displayed and explained. Unfortunately, the exhibit will only be there through mid-June. The rest of the museum was well laid out and very interesting, covering the history of the greater Mobile area from prehistory through the Civil War to modern day. All covered very well. More exhibits than we really had time to see, but we tend to read almost all accompanying material. Also included entrance to Reproduction Fort Conde, across the street, which we did not have time for. Our loss. Again, YMMV.
Written June 9, 2022
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Rocky R
Alpena, MI335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Ann unexpected gem. The "History of Mobile in 22 Objects" was extremely well curated, guiding the Mobile visitor through history from around 1200 AD to nearly current times. Additionally, there was an on-loan exhibition from Sweden depicting the historical Viking culture development. Top all this off with a flamboyant Mardis Gras exhibit and the "miniatures" room and the experience is comprehensive and notable.
Written January 5, 2022
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Sightseer10641657214
129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We did not have time to visit all the museums exhibits which, if they’re as good as the section we saw is a shame. The 22 objects exhibit is detailed and thoughtful and gave information across the centuries. The objects were quirky and well chosen and captured my imagination.
Written May 28, 2022
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cordyroy
Mobile, AL2,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The History Museum is in the former town hall and has 2 floors full of interesting displays. Traces the area history from pre-columbian onward thru 5 different colonial powers. France, Spain, England, USA, Confederate and back to USA.
We have visited 3 times and always find something new to see. Make sure to see the Doll Houses Exhibit. They were made by one man for his granddaughters and took about 2 yrs each to complete. 2 are models of actual Mobile houses.
Special Exhibit on ancient Egypt was fascinating, current one on the Vikings is not.
Make sure to check out Mardi Gras Park across Royal St and the included Fort Conde.
Written January 4, 2022
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Nicholas K
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The museum was way beyond our expectations. The exhibits brought everything to life. From Spanish discovery, to French, then English, then Spanish and then American occupation. With special exhibits for slavery and American Indians, including the highly significant excavations of a surprisingly advanced Indian culture up the river. Could easily have spent 2 days there.
Written November 21, 2023
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Tammy
Conroe, TX1,660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
I like to learn about a city before I go exploring. I learned a lot. I did not know that Mobile was the birth place of Mardi Gras. This place is packed with history. Really a mixture of history. The Viking exhibit was my favorite. 7th century artifacts. The museum flows very well and shouldn't take any more than 2-3hrs.
Written February 23, 2022
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Nancy A
270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Well worth a visit while you're in Mobile. I was lucky enough to visit when they had a special exhibit titled "The Global Language of Headwear", a fascinating exhibit with hats from around the world. In addition to the history museum, I also enjoyed the Miniature Homes on display - these must be seen to be appreciated.
Written April 26, 2024
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OdomEndeavours
Mobile, AL25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This isn't like a NYC Museum but it is beautiful none the less. This is not somewhere that you go to spend the day but it is worth the 1-2 hours it takes to talk through it, in my opinion. The staff is friendly and it does give a feel as if you are stepping back into time.
Written March 6, 2020
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