GulfQuest - National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile

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GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico opened on September 26, 2015, is a non-profit interactive maritime museum dedicated to the maritime heritage and culture of the Gulf of Mexico. The 120,000 square foot museum, located on the riverfront in downtown Mobile, Alabama, is designed to look as if it were a ship headed into Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The museum features 90 interactive exhibits, simulators and theaters, a museum store, a museum café and event space, complemented by artifacts and memorabilia displayed throughout “multiple decks” inside a full-sized replica of a container ship, displayed as if dockside.
Named Attraction of the Year for 2016 by the Alabama Department of Tourism, GulfQuest is one of only two interactive maritime museums in the United States (one of only three in the world) and the only museum in the world dedicated to “America’s Sea”, the Gulf of Mexico.
Because of lower-than-expected attendance, the museum was scheduled to close to the general public on Nov. 14, 2016. GulfQuest reopened in February of 2017.
During the 1990s, City of Mobile and Alabama state leaders formed a non-profit organization to create a maritime museum to serve as an educational resource for the region and the nation.
During the planning portion, then-current Mobile Mayor Mike Dower campaigned for the museum to be the centerpiece of “Mobile Landing”, a downtown waterfront development meant to restore public access to the Mobile waterfront.
“Mobile Landing” would eventually become home to the Alabama Cruise Terminal, the Arthur C. Outlaw Convention Center, and Cooper Riverside Park.
The construction of GulfQuest began during Sam Jones’ tenure as Mobile’s Mayor. Construction ran from 2010 through 2015 with installation of the museum’s exhibits completed in the summer of 2015.
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  • 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...  more »
  • I had no idea this place even existed! My husband and I spent some time in Gulf Shores for the winter. I attended a lecture at the Welcome Center about GulfQuest and it sounded really interesting...  more »
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  • Fantastic addition to Mobile and to museum offerings. Beautifully put together. Water inside is very clever. Fascinating huge map wall w/interactive panel from the ship "balcony" allows you to choose which global trade routes throughout time to light up. So many nooks and crannies and things to explore, must go back for more. Great photo opp at top outside like you're in a crow's nest. July 4 closing too early at 7 though. Needs to extend until the fireworks at 9. Mobilians need to get in there and support this place! Monumental achievement to treasure.
  • I enjoy GulfQuest a lot, clean, modern, educational and very interesting. It has local history along with a lot of maritime facts and information and interactive displays. There is also a nice little gift shop as well as a snack shop that serves sandwiches, drinks etc. An overall very pleasant experience.

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