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Mobile Carnival Museum

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Very cool!

Very cool place! Learn the history of Mardi Gras and where it all started! Our tour guide was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Buckatunna, Mississippi
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Very enjoyable

I made a last minute decision to visit the museum before I left Mobil and I was so glad I did. Our... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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This museum documents Mobile's long affair with the winter carnival.
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355 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602-2315
+1 251-432-3324
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 5, 2016

Apparently, every Mobile resident knows that Mardi Gras started in Mobile, not New Orleans. When you are in Mobile, check out the Carnival Museum. Admission was $5 and included a tour of the museum. The tour was guided by very knowledgeable staff who could give...More

6  Thank ABAllen2264
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed March 15, 2008

The museum website claims that this museum is "appropriate for all ages." With a 1 year old and a 2 year old, we did not find this the case. Our children were uninterested in the some 8 rooms of clothes worn by past Kings and...More

6  Thank spfrtmom
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very cool place! Learn the history of Mardi Gras and where it all started! Our tour guide was awesome. Very nice staff.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I made a last minute decision to visit the museum before I left Mobil and I was so glad I did. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and I learned as much about the social side of the City as I did about the carnival....More

Thank M H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in Mobile for four decades, and only last year took a tour through the Carnival Museum. Try to time your visit to join a walking tour with a guide. Frankly, I did not learn very much about Mardi Gras, but I was IMMERSED...More

Thank danphy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history was interesting but I found myself getting bored aat looking at trains from gowns worn at Mardi Gras. Two hour guided tour could have been shorter

Thank krickett1027
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must for all first- time visitors to Mobile. It seems to be the key to the cities social history and the Mardi Gras season. The costumes are unbelievable!!

Thank Anita S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The guides here are great!! Never know Mardi Gras started in Mobile. The Museum is very interesting and fun.

Thank sschevy64
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our docent, David, was very familiar with the Carnival history of Mobile as well as well versed in New Orleans traditions too. The costumes on loan are amazing. The house itself where the museum is found is beautiful. The tour can be as quick or...More

Thank shannon b
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Really cool museum and our guide was fantastic! You can easily spend an entire afternoon there and there is so much to see! The outfits are incredible, and it's cool to learn about where Mardi Gras really came from.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed September 22, 2018

We knew Mobile predated New Orleans with Mardi Gras but little else. The history was fascinating and the costumes were incredible. The crowns alone are worth seeing. The tour starts with a short video. If you are fortunate enough to tour with Craig plan on...More

Thank Girlmurmuration
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Watch the quick, informative video before taking the tour. Wonderful, intricate, bizarre costumes on display that were worn by past Mobile Mardi Gras participants, many from obscure secret societies. The tour guide seems to get unraveled easily but is quite knowledgeable about the Mardi Gras...More

Thank Matt R
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March 21, 2018|
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Response from andymitchWi | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea, but I'm assuming so. I'd call them directly.
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January 21, 2017|
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Response from mardigrasgirl1702 | Property representative |
The location of the Mobile Carnival Museum used to be the Mobile History Museum and it housed the displays you describe. In 2005 that museum moved to a larger space on Royal Street and it is now known as the History Museum... More
October 12, 2016|
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Response from georgiagirl777 | Reviewed this property |
yes, my sister was in a wheel chair.