GulfQuest in Mobile, Alabama features over 90 interactive exhibits, summer academies, and an impressive museum store, Gulf Quest is a great destination for the entire family and welcomes schools and other nonprofit group and community experiences.

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© Gulf Quest: National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Quest opened to the public in September of 2015 about nearly three decades of planning and five years of construction. Leaders in Alabama and Mobile had formed a nonprofit organization in the 90’s to begin planning a museum that could be an educational resource unlike any of its kind specializing in interactive maritime experiences that focus on the Gulf of Mexico.

Instead of having a permanent collection of artifacts on display, Gulf Quest would have historical artifacts that related to the Gulf and other memorabilia showcased through temporary exhibits. The highlight of the National Maritime Museum would be the permanent exhibits that provide visitors with hands on immersive and engaging experiences relating to the Gulf.

Construction on Gulf Quest began in 2010, exhibits were installed in 2014, and the museum was finally opened in fall of 2015 with 90 exhibits, theaters and more. The museum is built as a replica container ship and exhibits are spread across multiple decks with outdoor access overlooking the Mobile River and ports.

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© Gulf Quest: National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

The exhibits at Gulf Quest are different than a typical museum because they are each hands on and interactive offering an immersive experience for guests of all ages in a variety of maritime topics that focus on the Gulf of Mexico region. Visitors can explore shipwrecks, archaeological sites, trade routes, marine life, weather patterns, learn how hurricanes form, how to build and navigate and ship and how offshore drilling affects coastal environments. There are also exhibits that include simulators that take you to the bottom of shipwrecks, have you man your own submarine and other fun activities.

· America’s Sea

· Container Ship

· Full Steam Ahead

· Navigation Game

· Setting Sail

· The Sextant

· Junior Mariner

· Seaside Scenes

· Crane Operator

· Ships Ahoy

· What’s Inside

· Deep Explorer

· Winds Up

· Underwater Umbilical

· Hidden Highways

· Tools of the Trade

· Pelican Girls


Sit back and relax in one of the theaters at Gulf Quest. Some are traditional while others use new technology and innovation to engage visitors like never before.

Gulfquest theater- Learn about the history and culture of the Gulf of Mexico in the 16-minute presentation in the multi-media theater with multiple screens showing panoramic HD images of recent events like Hurricane Katrina and oil spills that have affected the coastal region.

Ocean Planter Theater- This innovative theater features a 6-foot earth suspended in the air, rotating on its axis while visitors engage in educational programs pertaining to satellite data and other images, presentations and programs on the Gulf of Mexico and the ocean planet.

Discovery Hull Theater- The Film Port of Victory that is based on World War II and the Port of Mobile, Alabama is shown in this theater. There are special effects that happen in the theater such as fog and loud sound and flashing lights.

Take the Helm Theater- This theater is a large simulator that is just like what they use in boat pilot school. Visitors can navigate life size vessels around the port or down the river through various weather conditions.

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3.Plan your Visit

Plan your Visit
© Gulf Quest: National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

Educational Opportunities

The programs, events and workshops at Gulf Quest explore science, history, and culture as it relates to the Gulf of Mexico and maritime adventures. There are programs for school, community, and homeschool groups, individuals and families, as well as continued education for educators.

Maritime Academy- This summer camp experience Is held in the museum classrooms and exhibit spaces where cadets get to experience maritime adventures in a unique way with guest speakers and immersive learning techniques. Academies are Monday through Friday from 8am to 3pm and cadets will need to bring their own lunch. Registration is required in advance. More details are provided on the Gulf Quest website.

Private Rentals

Gulf Quest is available for private parties. Event spaces and meeting rooms are available overlooking the downtown waterfront and Mobile skyline. Gulf Quest is perfect for any affair from black tie events to casual parties, corporate luncheons or lectures. The entire museum can be rented out or just individual rooms, the promenade or amphitheater. Gulf Quest is also happy to rent tables, chairs, a stage, dance floor and coat racks for special events. Rates include staff and security with details available on the Gulf Quest website.

155 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama, 36602, Phone: 251-436-8901, website

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