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Mobile Carnival Museum

355 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602-2315
+1 251-432-3324
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Serious disappointment

Okay, this museum could be really interesting if they had structured tours. We read about guides... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
wendy S
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Madison, Mississippi
Fun for families

Got there at 3:15 and they close at 4:00. The lady was very nice but also adamant about us leaving... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
wildformywife
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Hobe Sound, Florida
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This museum documents Mobile's long affair with the winter carnival.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mardi gras” (296 reviews)
“king and queen” (20 reviews)
“gift shop” (42 reviews)
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355 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602-2315
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+1 251-432-3324
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay, this museum could be really interesting if they had structured tours. We read about guides, but didn’t see any guides. In fact, we saw 2 people during our visit. One was so engrossed in conversation with two men he didn’t even acknowledge us, the...More

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mardigrasgirl1702, Manager at Mobile Carnival Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

wendyS. I regret your visit to the Mobile Carnival Museum was disappointing. The museum offers guaranteed guided tours with reservations and most often can accommodate guests who do not schedule a guided tour. We also offer a self-guided tour powered by On-Cell which includes text,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Got there at 3:15 and they close at 4:00. The lady was very nice but also adamant about us leaving by 4:00 which is somewhat understandable and she was not rude about it. There where tours but we did not take it due to the...More

Thank wildformywife
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mardigrasgirl1702, Manager at Mobile Carnival Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Wildformywife. Thank you for visiting with your family. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

The ladies who run this place are exceptional and really enjoy the history of Carnival in Mobile. I was expecting a few more floats, but there were plenty of elaborate costumes. There is a fun room where you can dress up and stand on a...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

My husband , daughter and I all enjoyed the introductory film on the history of the Mardi Gras tradition in Mobile and the docent led tour of the museum. (It is also possible to tour without a guide) Our tour guide, Paula, was delightful and...More

Thank Gail P
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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

So much history and costumes it’s difficult to process so many rooms. I would say that it is interesting just a bit too much

Thank titaniumtodd
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

We were greeted by a sweet southern lady who gave us a brief description of what to expect. The tour begins with an interesting 8 minute film about the origin of Mardi Gras. After that, you can take a guided tour or a self-guided tour...More

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Reviewed April 12, 2018

Excellent history lesson! We enjoyed every moment of our visit. Recommend to anyone who wants to know about true history of the biggest party around.

Thank Lisa F
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

The birthplace of Mardi Gras is Mobile and this museum is a great place to learn all about the beginning of Mardi Gras. They have the robes of the previous Kings and Queens of all the parades. They are so elaborate and is just a...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

The exquisite, hand sewn robes of the Mardi Gras Monarchs are a sight to behold. Find out where the term "Raising Cain" originated. Hear about the parade marchers brawls among the folks partaking in the festivities.

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Reviewed April 8, 2018

We had no idea that Mardi Gras began in Mobile, AL! This was such an informative and spectacular display of the royalty of Mardi Gras. Loved everything about it especially our tour guide!

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mardigrasgirl1702, Manager at Mobile Carnival Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

jrleep. A lot of visitors exclaim the same, "Who Knew?" Well now you do! Thank you for visiting.

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travelismypassion
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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RoMondatony E
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
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Response from georgiagirl777 | Reviewed this property |
yes, my sister was in a wheel chair.
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