Did you think that Mardi Gras started in the great city of New Orleans? It IS the most famous celebration, but its not the birthplace of Mardi Gras - Mobile, Alabama is!
The Mobile Carnival Museum highlights the history of Mardi Gras in its true birthplace!
Spend the day immersing yourselves in the rich history and traditions of carnival, and see first hand the intricate designs and artistry that went into the crowns, and scepters, and robes of the Mardi Grad monarchs!
Kid can marvel at the costume design and construction of the floats, and even see videos of actual parades and balls!
The pomp and pageantry of past coronations is also displayed within the Mobile Carnival Museum, and a historical pictorial gallery showcases photographs that date back to 1886!
There's hands-on fun as kids can climb aboard a rocking float and experience a behind the mask view of a street party!
So who knew there was SO much Mardi Gras history in Alabama, and next time you see people celebrating Mardi Gras all around the world, think about the Mobile Carnival Museum and go "I know where that originated!"
Kids - it's time to celebrate!
$3 (Under 12 years)
$6.00 Military, Students w/ ID, AAA, AARP
Complimentary parking at the on-site lot
Docent led Tours are offered at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm Self- Guided Tours via On-Cell at your leisure between 9am - 4 pm.
Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit, there are plenty of places!
They offer school tours from 9am - 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Make sure you book in advance! They can immerse themeslves in the rich history and traditions of the carnival season and discover how Mobile became the birthplace of Mardi Gras. $3 per student for tours
There is a fun gift shop with some Mardi Gras worthy items, as well as gifts and souvenirs!
The museum is wheelchair accessible on 2 of the 3 levels.
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9am - 4pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.
Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays & major holidays
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