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Mobile Carnival Museum

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Address: 355 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602
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+1 251-432-3324
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Mon 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This museum documents Mobile's long affair with the winter carnival.

This museum documents Mobile's long affair with the winter carnival.

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Grab a guide and see a piece of history

Cruise ship visitor must see. Full of Marti Gras history. Grab a guide and strike a pose from a float. The original Marti Gras began here.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Larry S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cruise ship visitor must see. Full of Marti Gras history. Grab a guide and strike a pose from a float. The original Marti Gras began here.

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Thank Larry S
Arlington, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum indeed seeks to tell the history of the "first" official celebration of Mardi Gras in the United States. Unfortunately it does so by celebrating racism, class-ism, and greed, as "culture". The facts of the precise separation of "other" from any "white" celebration are never mentioned. Our docent stated that modern day celebrations are "separated by race and class... More 

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Thank susan b
Johns Creek, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you ever want to learn about Mobile's role in the Carnival, this is THE place to go. Taking the guided tour is well worth the cost. Learned that Mobile is the origin of Mardi Gras and not New Orleans!

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Thank Daddio51
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting place to learn more about Mardi Gras & it's traditions. All of the staff that we encountered were friendly and knowledgeable. You can do the museum with a tour guide or do a self guided tour. They house many of the garments and trains worn by Mardi Gras kings & queens. Some of which are extremely elaborate.

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Thank Rebecca W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

while there are many very ornate and grand items and memorabilia, a bit more explanation and history to put it all in context would be a vast improvement.

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Thank Bobby S
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great way to try to understand the history of Mardi gras celebrations. It was quite new to me and I found it both enlightening and disturbing. The pageantry is amazing and a huge part of southern culture.

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Thank Solitude1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the time to visit and you'll be amazed at the displays. And if you're lucky enough to have Craig as your tour guide, you will be entertained. The guy is so knowledgeable and he has a great sense of humor. Every museum needs guides like Craig! And don't forget to buy some mini Moon Pies before you leave the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had some time to spend before boarding for a cruise and decided on the Mardi Gras Museum which is located near the port. This museum concentrates on the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile. There is a video shown for an introduction. Then you walk through the area to see an example of a float. If you wish you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of great mobile history of Mardi Gras. Very informative for the younger generation. The beautiful gowns and trains worn by past queens are exquisite, seeing them up close makes them even more royal!

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Thank Theresa B
Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enter through the gift shop and be introduced to all that is Mardi Gras in Mobile. We expected to just wonder through, however, we were introduced to our tour guide then wove our way through the 3 floors of memorabilia and history of Mardi Gras and Mystic Societies. There is more to it than beads and balls.

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