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Arts & Museums
Enjoying panoramic views of the lake from its location in Langan Park is the Mobile Museum of Art. At 95,000 square feet (8825 square meters), there's a lot to see at this museum. Take a stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden or head inside to see rotating art exhibits. It also serves as a beautiful venue for private events, including weddings.
The origins of Mobile Medical Museum can be traced back to 1962, when apparatuses, documents and artifacts belonging to James F. Heustis, M.D were displayed for public viewing by his daughter. Since then the collection kept on growing and a museum was established on the premises of Children's and Women's Hospital in 2003. The exhibits include a revigator, scarficator, bleeding bowl, surgery kit and many artifacts used in the early 20th Century. It is advisable to schedule a tour before visiting.
See artifacts from the region at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum. Its exhibits give visitors a look at what life has been like in the Mobile area in the last 12,000 years. See ceramics and other rare items on display. The museum also hosts events and educational programs. It's a must-visit while in Mobile for history buffs.
The National African American Archives and Museum was built in 1931 with an aim to teach African-American children and everyone interested the significance of their history and the worth of their inheritance. The museum was designed by renowned architect George Bigelow Rogers and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, D.C. The museum records various contributions made by African-American to the larger community by them in the form of advances in science and technology, art, politics, sports and other fields. The records include photographs, texts, scriptures, biographies and other artefacts.
The Mobile Carnival Museum is located in downtown Mobile and was established in 2005. The museum attempts to show the history of the Mardi Gras or the carnival that has been taking place in Mobile from past 300 years. The exhibits try to explain the evolution of the carnival from the ancient ages to the present day. A lot of exquisite things from the past celebrations of Mardi Gras have been put up at the museum for visitors. Apart from being a museum, the facility is also available on rental basis for private events like parties, meetings or conferences. For rental rates and bookings please refer the website.
Done up in an elaborate Italianate style of architecture, the Richards DAR House was built in 1860 for Captain Charles Richards and his wife. The pretty house continues to be a landmark in the community, as it has been since its establishment. A contributing building to the De Tonti Square Historic District, the mansion was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Apart from the gorgeous exteriors and ornately decorated interiors, the house is also famous for wildfire stories about a laughing child-ghost.
Open since 1999, the Centre for the Living Arts shows contemporary artwork and leads educational programs on the arts for kids, teens, and adults. You can visit the museum to see works by the likes of Mario Ybarra Jr., Tom Leeser, and Henry Schroy. With events and ongoing classes like the pre-k studio, Make Your Own Billboard, and the Free Summer Film Series, this museum has become an important part of the arts community in Mobile.
Located in the former home of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company No. 6., if you are interested in fire stations and the history of Mobile, the Phoenix Fire Museum is a must-see. Inside the brick firehouse you will get to feast your eyes on a plethora of fire vehicles - and not just modern ones, but ones that date back to the turn of the century. Upstairs, you can learn about the history of the Mobile fire department, going back to 1838.
Fort Conde was known by different names under the regime of different rulers, from being referred to as Fort Carlota by Spanish rulers, it was known as Fort Charlotte when Britishers and Americans took charge. It was rebuilt and inaugurated on the occasion of the nation's bicentennial. Tourists can tour the reconstructed fort and know more about its history and other trivia. This museum houses historic artifacts and exhibits from the colonial times and gives the visitors a glimpse of the early Mobile.
Built in 1857, the Southern Market/Old City Hall evolved to become the Museum of Mobile. Visit to observe the fine architecture and learn about this city’s rich history. Besides it vast collection of artifacts, what makes History Museum of Mobile unique is that it still continues to be the meeting place for the City Council - which has been their practice since 1858. The museum also offers a host of changing exhibition galleries, a practical Discovery Room, and a museum store.
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is the fun way to learn about science, through various interactive exhibits and films. Children can learn about electricity and magnetism, get acquainted with the animal world as they get to 'scoop sea animals' and learn about the human body. The museum also provides group tours.
GulfQuest is a pioneering maritime museum in the nation dedicated solely to the Gulf of Mexico. It boasts a strategic coastal location in Mobile Landing with a unique and apt ship-shaped architecture. The gulfs significant importance to the history, economy and culture of North America is exhibited in interactive displays, temporary exhibitions and visiting vessels. Some of the topics covered include marine life, trade navigation, shipwrecks and underwater archeology.