GulfQuest - National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

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GulfQuest - National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

GulfQuest - National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is the only museum in the world dedicated to the rich traditions, history and culture of "America's Sea". With a combined 90 interactive exhibits, simulators and theaters, GulfQuest is a family tourist destination and a signature attraction for Mobile, the state of Alabama and the entire Gulf Coast region.
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Peggysue2021
Maryville, TN1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Friends
We went with another couple. We made a reservation for 1:00. The tour last one and half hours but we stayed for 2 hours. Gabe, the guide, met us at the entrance and I was surprised to find out that he would be taking us from one floor to another(5) explaining the exhibits and allowing us time to explore them as we walked through. It was very informative and interesting. There are different modes of taking in the information via visual, auditory and the hands on stations. There is hand sanitizer on each floor and masks are required. I throughly enjoyed learning about Mobile bay- the history and its significance to the world. I would recommend this to people 12 and older. We walked on wide ramps from one floor to another but there are elevators as well. It looked as if they had a cafe but it was closed. There is a vending machine near the large clean bathrooms. Our guide Gabe is a young man who grew up in mobile and was an excellent guide!
Written April 2, 2021
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Retiredfarrier
Summerdale, AL61 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
So many learning activities for adults! Two of us lady seniors were kept entertained and informed for the nearly 4 hours we were there. There was a special temporary show detailing Bob Hope's work with troop entertainment. 5 floors of everything you would want to know about shipping in the Gulf of Mexico. We piloted a sub and later a training device teaching me to drive a giant container ship. We laughed when I ran it into the dock twice.My friend did much better. A young man , an employee, helped us with this. He knew EVERYTHING! He told us about the worlds biggest container ship and explained what was going on outside the windows in the Mobile shipyard, describing giant navy jet boats that went 125 miles an hour and the retrofitting of a merchant marine easel. We could not stump him on any question we asked!. I also enjoyed reading the numerous nautical slang terms that decorated the stair railings.So many of the things we say came from seagoing culture. This place has everything from ecology to history to oil exploration cable manufacture. It will turn you into a maritime nerd.
Written January 21, 2022
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Camping Family
Cedartown, GA10 contributions
Aug 2021
Recently, my husband and I had the chance to visit the GulfQuest Museum in Mobile, AL and it was the best two hours of the week! The building is clean and COVID-19 safety precautions are in place. From the sea songs being played at the entrance to the container ship-shaped museum to the view of the working harbor from the bridge at the very top, we were surrounded by the majesty of the Gulf of Mexico. The staff are pleasant and knowledgeable, ready to answer questions or point out areas of interest. They also seem to know when visitors want to explore quietly on their own and respect that. I plan to return with a couple of middle-school children who are sure to enjoy the new Coral Reef murals. Thank you, GulfQuest, for offering a cool and delightful experience. We will be back!
Written September 7, 2021
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Mikebama52
Trussville, AL25 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We were refused entry because we did not have a credit card. All we had was cash. This “National” museum refuses cash. We live within our means and a credit card is something we need or want. I called around noon, and was told a hour masks were recommended not required. We we arrived one hour later, we were told masks had been mandated earlier that morning. (He lied to me at noon). Kay Ivey never mandated masks. They would not provide masks, and I didn’t bring any because we were told they were not needed. These people are deplorable.
Hard pass. No wonder they have a hard time keeping the doors open. So many great things to do in Mobile, don’t waste your here.
Written August 2, 2021
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Wardsmom
Moultrie, GA75 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
I was a little worried because, due to Covid, some parts of the museum were unavailable. BUT our tour was great! From the moment we stepped through the door, the staff was friendly and welcoming. Kayla was our tour guide and she was fantastic. She explained the exhibits, answered questions and allowed us plenty of time to look around and see everything. The tour took maybe an hour and a half, but that was plenty of time. Masks were required while inside, hand sanitizer was plentiful and the number of guests at a time was limited. My family includes 14 and 11 year old boys, who both enjoyed the museum. I’d recommend it for sure.
Written August 9, 2020
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NorthStar63250841454
We are so glad you enjoyed yourself during your visit. We hope you will visit us again when more of the museum is accessible.
Written August 12, 2020
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James Michael
Branson West, MO405 contributions
Apr 2022
Before we actually visited the museum we called first after having read several reviews that were less than complimentary to find out the current status of their hands on exhibits. They mentioned, and was confirmed later on in our actual visit, that video and other functions on select exhibits were down due to a malfunction in their computer system causing the need for new chips, which because of the past Covid-19 supply chain issues have become increasingly hard to obtain. Although it did not meet our expectations and were disappointed, under the circumstances we completely understood. Had hoped to see the Bob Hope exhibit which several reviews had highly recommended, however that ended on the 16th of April. Bummer! They are hoping to get things back to some type of normal soon but don't hold your breath. I personally enjoy the wheel house experience in which you can captain everything from a barge to a tug boat. That was cool. We look forward to next year on our yearly visit to the Gulf to be able to fully enjoy the complete attraction as it was meant to be.
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Written April 22, 2022
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Voyager655035
5 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Way more interesting than I had anticipated.

Plan for at least two hours of self-guided, hands-on activities that are fun for adults or kids. My favorite was the wind generator that allows you to “sail” by changing the angle of a sail on a mobile “boat.” Another allows you to pilot a miniature tugboat and barge.

The design of the museum is unique—designed to feel like you are on a container ship—moving up the ramps (or stairs, your choice) through 5 levels.

Overall an excellent experience.
Written February 19, 2022
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R D
Georgia Coast, GA31 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
There were so many things to do! Most exhibits and hands-on activities were still open, but they did provide many many hand sanitizing stations throughout the museam. This museam has something to keep people of all ages entertained. Every staff member we came on contact with loved their job, and were friendly and helpful. We would definitely reccomend this museam to anyone!
Written June 9, 2021
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we appreciate your kind review and are excited to know that you enjoyed your time at our museum. We hope to see you again in the future.
Written June 23, 2021
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Glenda1947
Iowa City, IA332 contributions
Mar 2020
Gulfquest has got to be one of the most interesting and interactive museums we've ever visited, and we've been to a lot of museums around the country. We tried to experience all of the exhibits and spent about three hours there. Our favorites were Take the Helm Theater, where you pilot a simulator boat in Mobile Bay harbor, and
Ocean Planet, an incredible globe in the air that can show earthquake activity, airplane flight patterns, hurricane activity and more. We listened to an amazing Gulfquest staff worker who operated Ocean Planet with a computer. You have to see this
to believe it. There is a short video in the Gulfquest Theater that shows life along
the Gulf coast. We came away with a greater appreciation of the coast. We think
Gulfquest is an underappreciated treasure of Mobile.
Written March 6, 2020
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Levins Fam
3 contributions
May 2021 • Family
The place was much bigger than we anticipated. We arrived with about 3 hours till close expecting to still have time to spare. In actuality we only covered about half the area and was still very pleased with our ticket price.
Written May 7, 2021
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