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Mobile Carnival Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Excellent displays and information

This place is amazing. Take a guided tour and then explore on your own. Guide provided... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
well worth a visit!

if you arent from the South and dont really understand Mardi Gras, a visit to this museum is worth... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mobile, Alabama
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing. Take a guided tour and then explore on your own. Guide provided interesting background on Mardi Gras - 2 of his daughters had been queens. There are numerous gowns and photos and pictures from past celebrations. A definite must do when...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

if you arent from the South and dont really understand Mardi Gras, a visit to this museum is worth your time but I highly recommend that you take a guided tour because you will learn so much more. I am from the northeast and found...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour was guided by the museum's director who provided a great overview of the history, the background the culture and the costumes.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stph
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Carnival started in Mobile. These people know how to party! Learn the whys and hows of this holiday that starts in February and is not necessarily tied to Fat Tuesday

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robert S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating history of Mardi Gras in Mobile. Who knew? An entire historic house sheltering the Mardi Gras costumes from the last century. A must see even if you have no interest in finery, the insights into the tradition are remarkable.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank 478marthaf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did you know that Carnival/Mardi Gras actually started in Mobile, AL, and that Mobile is older than New Orleans by 15 years? You'll learn all kinds of cool history at this museum, all with a Carnival/Mardi Gras theme! Great gift shop, very helpful staff!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I are not followers of the Mobile Mardi Gras, but we found this museum to be very interesting. The robes they make for the king and queen are incredible. Worth a stop.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Relax742797
Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

As someone who knows nothing about Mardi Gras I found the visit very informative! Like most people I associated Mardi Gras with New Orleans! I did not know that it originated in Mobile. Be sure to take the escorted tour.

Thank xperiencedcanuck
Reviewed January 17, 2019 via mobile

What a wonderful surprise! There are so many interesting exhibits of the Carnival Season in Mobile where Mardi Gras began. Beautiful gowns, etc & stories to match. You won’ be disappointed!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Usna1956
Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

I loved the many beautiful Mardi Gras dresses and trains. The trains were unbelievably long and gorgeous.

Date of experience: February 2018
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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.