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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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A New Understanding of What Carnival Really Means

The Carnival started in Mobile. These people know how to party! Learn the whys and hows of this... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Robert S
Hundreds of fabulous Mardi Gras costumes

Fascinating history of Mardi Gras in Mobile. Who knew? An entire historic house sheltering the... read more

Reviewed 2 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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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 days 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 2 days 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
Thank RebelThriverSC
Reviewed 4 days 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jasmine P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boy, I learned a lot about the history of Mardi Gras here, and I loved seeing all the fabulous, colorful costumes. Definitely worth a visit!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank muszekfan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in while on a day trip to Mobile. Very informative with TONS of costumes on display. Friendly staff are willing to answer questions or help you find that perfect souvenir. The availability of the elevator was great for a wheelchair user in our group....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 1Keet12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The memorabilia and artifacts on display in this museum are absolutely incredible. There is a short movie to watch at the beginning that gives some background information on the beginnings of Mardi Gras. There is an option to complete a self-guided tour using your phone...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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.