Mobile Carnival Museum
Mobile Carnival Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This museum documents Mobile's long affair with the winter carnival.
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  • critter2000
    300 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great learning experience
    Upon entering, the staff was very friendly and welcoming. We watched a mall film to start our tour and then a gentleman guided us around the museum with loads of information about the history of the museum but mostly Madi Gras. He seemed to be an expert on the subject, which was good for us because we knew very little about it. There were loads of items for people to see. I would totally recommend this attraction if in the area.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • cflum
    Bonita Springs, Florida340 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed!
    Unbelievably fantastic! This small museum dedicated to Mardi Gras in Mobile blew us away. We didn’t even know Mobile has a huge Mardi Gras. They have many of the costumes worn, particularly the kings and queens which take your breath away with their intricate design and beauty. You have the choice of doing a self-guided tour or a docent tour. We had a docent give the two of us our own private tour which added greatly to our experience. I would make this a must visit, even if you are in Mobile for half a day
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 6, 2023
  • dpandlisa
    Tennessee100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s What’s Inside that Counts
    The tour begins with an eight-minute film showing in the history of Carnaval in Mobile Alabama. it literally made me want to come back at that time next year. Then you are off a self-guided tour up and down three floors with many rooms of some of the most spectacular costumes you have ever seen. We didn’t have a lot of time unfortunately, but it was well worth it. We had a AAA discount that meant the tickets only cost $24 for four adults.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 4, 2024
  • Devineone
    Port Stanley, Canada66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than expected
    We did not book a tour. We drove to the site and had a guided tour by a docent. The lady did a wonderful job. She had personal experience as she had been an attendant in an earlier Mardi Gras. The number of displays mostly costumes, was overwhelming. The prices in the gift shop were reasonable, and the price of admission was also reasonable.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
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SpringHillMary
Spring Hill TN110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
What a fun introduction to Mobile Mardi Gras, the city where it all began! We had a wonderful guide who was very knowledgeable about the celebration and planning that goes with it. We started in an area with floats and moved through an incredible collection of costumes. Jaw dropping beautiful gowns and trains. It was so fun to learn about everything that goes into this huge city celebration. Based on this single experience, we want to spend a week in Mobile. The architecture of the museum home is most interesting as are those in the other 6 historic districts!! My only regret...I didn't buy enough memorabilia, especially since Mardi Gras is two weeks away.
Written January 27, 2021
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kfelgran
Boston, MA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Everyone told me I shouldn’t miss this and I’m so glad I took their advice. Located in a historic mansion, I was astounded by the gorgeous display of Mardi Gras costumes, sumptuous and elegant. Our tour was led by an expert on the history of this carnival which predated the New Orleans extravaganza by 15 years. He was a hoot, high energy and very, very funny while sharing his immense knowledge. I had expected this museum to be a bit tacky, but it was charming and elegant in every way.
Written January 9, 2020
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nylady21
Philadelphia, PA682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The collection of robes and gowns for the Mardi Gras royalty showcases the incredible workmanship and dedication to design of the people of Mobile. I was just amazed at the intricate designs and extensive work. I learned so much about the history of the mystic societies, the balls and the parades. Definitely worth a visit in downtown Mobile!
Written February 20, 2020
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Marybeth S
McDonough, GA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
After coming from New Orleans this museum was very interesting. I learned a lot and loved the different rooms. Workers there was very friendly and knowledgeable and even let us stay parked there to walk around city
Written September 10, 2020
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shamrockarse
Greenville, OH542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
The lady who explained the self tour and did admission as well as the gift shop, was awesome and so helpful. You use your smart phone to hear the explanation of the various displays if you wished. We didn’t, but enjoyed them immensely. Beautiful is an understatement. The museum has free parking and they told us to leave our motorcycle parked there and visit other recommendations and eat lunch while parked there. This museum was one of the best. I highly recommend. My granddaughter would also love all the sparkle and glitter. The gift shop had reasonable priced things too.
Written October 2, 2020
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Ken7821
Nashville, TN70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Amazing tour, we had no idea of all that surrounds Mobile Mardi Gras. This museum showcases the history and pomp of Mobile Mardi Gras from the beginning to the present day. If you go on a Saturday and Craig Roberts is there offering free guided tours-definitely do it! He did an amazing job explaining all the exhibits along with stories and trivia. He did such a great job, the next time we're in Mobile we want to sign up for one of his guided historical tours of Mobile.
Written November 14, 2021
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David D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Absolutely wonderful time at this museum. Craig is a phenomenal guide and one of the best I’ve ever had because of his sincere affection for Mobile. This museum does a terrific job of explaining the history of Carnival in Mobile and explaining how the yearly event is a whole town affair. Really a must see for anyone visiting the city.
Written August 27, 2021
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Meowy
Montgomery, AL520 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Interesting bit of history here. I knew that Mobile was the first carnival in the USA but the tidbits and information that is shared goes beyond that. I showed up when the museum opened and they showed me a movie before the optional tour. I took the tour with the guide and it is worth it. The guides they have are very knowledgeable and you would likely miss a whole lot of info just doing the museum yourself. The staff is super friendly and the place is easy to find with free parking.
Written August 9, 2021
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CharlieV2011
Chicago, IL2,195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
Mobile takes Mardi Gras seriously and the time and commitment is obvious in the costumes that are on display! The visit begins with an 8 minute video that explains the beginnings of Mardi Gras. Most exhibits have a number, which you use your mobile phone to access additional information on that particular exhibit. Visitors will see and learn about costumes from times past. The creativity and time devoted to this occasion is amazing. From now on, when I hear anything about Mardi Gras, I will think of Mobile and New Orleans, not just New Orleans! The museum has a small gift shop and friendly staff! I enjoyed my visit!
Written March 24, 2021
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Julia M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
When my husband, two girls (16 and 13), and I went to the Mardi Gras Museum while visiting Mobile for the day while vacationing in Alabama, we learned so much about the history of Mardi Gras (which I always only associated with New Orleans). Seeing the attire the kings and queens wear for this special event, seeing some of the floats, and viewing the beautiful house in which the museum resides were all quite memorable experiences. When we completed the tour, we asked Toni in the gift shop for some recommendations of things to do nearby. She quickly returned with a local map and started highlighting points of interest activities. While she was assisting me, Craig Roberts was providing my husband with a bit of Mobile history as well as the history of Mardi Gras. When he found out that Toni had suggested we see the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, he quickly offered to walk us there. As we were walking, he continued enlightening us with tidbits of information of this amazing city. When we arrived at the Cathedral, he provided us a tour of this beautiful and breathtaking Basilica. After some time in this stunning and historical building of Mobile, he suggested several others places within walking distance. He also suggested viewing the Christmas lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home which we did that evening. Overall, it was a pleasure visiting the Mardi Gras Museum, just not to see the artifacts, but to learn so much about the town from Craig Roberts. He went above and beyond!! Thank you for making our day trip to Mobile so enjoyable!! Unfortunately, we were unable to visit the seafood restaurant that he suggested. Next time! Great tour guide!!
Written January 6, 2021
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