The Mobile Carnival Museum highlights the history of Mardi Gras in its true birthplace – Mobile Alabama.
Mardi Gras in Mobile has been described as being the largest, family-orientated street party celebration in America. Young and old look forward to claiming their spot on the street, and waiting patiently for the colorful, paper mache’ floats to make their way down the streets of Mobile. It is a celebration staged by the people, for the people. Thousands line the streets for each parade hoping to catch moon pies, beads, themed cups and stuffed animals, among other things.
Now when you have a little time on your hands, in between parades, there is no better place to spend it than our Carnival Museum. The museum offers 14 gallery rooms, a pictorial hallway, theater, den (social gathering area) and gift shop. In addition, the home is registered as a historic building and affords visitors the opportunity to enjoy detailed crown molding, pine floors and exquisite chandeliers.
Here are a few things to do and look for:
♦ Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions of carnival.
♦ See first hand the intricate designs and artistry of majestic crowns, scepters and robes of Mardi Gras monarchs.
♦ Discover the art of costume design and float construction.
♦ View videos of parades and balls.
♦ Witness the pomp and pageantry of past coronations.
♦ Browse a pictorial gallery of historical photographs dating back to 1886.
♦ Experience a behind the mask view of the street party by climbing aboard a rocking float.
♦ Become a costumed youth rider in the Little Mystics Den.
355 Government Street
Downtown Mobile, Alabama
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Open by reservation during all other days and hours
Tours and Groups Welcome