Founded as the capital of French Louisiana in 1702 with a beautiful waterfront location, Mobile, AL boasts a rich history and is home to the country's oldest Mardi Gras celebration. The city features some impressive distractions such as over 60 miles of spectacular Gulf of Mexico coastline just a short drive from the town, and the charming town of Fairhope. Mobile also offers an excellent selection of restaurants at which to enjoy romantic wining and dining in style. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Dauphin's

Dauphin's
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Set on the 34th floor of the RSA Trustmark Bank Building in downtown Mobile, Dauphin’s offers an unforgettably romantic fine-dining experience against a backdrop of breathtaking panoramic views. Celebrating classic coastal cuisine with touches of Creole and the Caribbean, the elegant restaurant is named for the region's rich French history and is helmed by award-winning Partner/Executive Chef Steve Zucker who presents a seasonally-changing menu of farm-to-table fare. Guests can dine on fresh seafood, prime meats and organic salads at the only in-kitchen Chef’s Table in the region and enjoy classic or craft cocktails from the full-service bar while soaking up views that span more than 75 miles. Dauphin’s is open for lunch and dinner, Sunday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.

RSA Trustmark Bank Building, 107 St Francis St #3400, Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-444-0200

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2.Dumbwaiter

Dumbwaiter
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The Dumbwaiter is a casual, upmarket restaurant with a raw bar that serves classic Southern fare and drinks in a rustic-chic environment. Exuding the nostalgic southern charm for Mobile is renowned, the innovative restaurant seamlessly blends the grace and charm of a bygone age with modern culinary techniques to create an inventive menu of seasonal cuisine. Signature dishes include Shrimp and Grits, Causeway Benedict, Tensaw Tournedos, and the Dumbwaiter Burger, all of which are prepared using locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. Interiors of the restaurant are crafted by local artisans and tradesman and boast a warm and welcoming ambiance for romantic wining and dining. The Dumbwaiter is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.

167 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-445-3802

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3.Five Bar

Five Bar
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Five Bar is a warmly-lit eatery with an inviting ambiance that is famous for its delicious brunches and locally sourced cuisine. Located on Dauphin Street in Downtown Mobile, Five Bar follows a simple concept of serving just five items of everything on the menu from starters and signature dishes to desserts, classic cocktails, and wines. All meals are prepared from scratch using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including fresh seafood and fish, housemade pasta and sauces, prime meats and chicken and fresh salads. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of five white wines, and five red wines, along with five craft and bottles beers, classic and signature cocktails. Five Bar is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and brunch and lunch on the weekends.

609 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-308-3105

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4.Mirko Pasta Italian Restaurant

Mirko Pasta Italian Restaurant
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Located in the Legacy Village at Spring Hill, Mirko Pasta is a traditional Italian restaurant that offers a heartwarming European-style dining experience. Owner and Executive Chef Mirko Di Giacomantoni creates dishes using natural, locally-sourced ingredients and prepared from scratch with a variety of fresh seafood, meats, chicken, and salads. Tasty appetizers include grilled bruschetta topped with tomatoes, garlic and basil and steamed mussels with cannellini beans, hearty entrées of homemade lasagna, butternut squash ravioli, chicken marsala, and gluten-free pasta Bolognese, and desserts of tiramisu and panna cotta. A full-service bar offers a variety of libations, ranging from craft and draft beers, classic cocktails, top-shelf spirits, and casual wines from around the world. Mirko Pasta is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Legacy Village Shopping Center, 9 Du Rhu Dr. Suite 335, Mobile, AL 36608, Phone: 251-340-6611

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5.Noja

Noja
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Based in the Little Turf Club on North Jackson Street, Noja is an elegant restaurant renowned for sophisticated fine dining. Boasting a contemporary New Orleans-style with rustic red brick walls, stylish décor and intricate ironwork detailing, the eatery has a warm and welcoming ambiance and serves an eclectic fusion of savory Mediterranean, Asian and modern Gulf Coast cuisine. Chef/owner Chakli Diggs presents a seasonal, locally sourced menu of farm-to-fork fare such as Foie Gras, Crab Fritters, Skuna Bay Salmon, and Maple Leaf Duck Breast, all of which can be paired with fine wines from an alluring wine list and selection of handcrafted cocktails. Noja is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

6 N Jackson St, Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-433-0377

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6.Osman's Restaurant

Osman's Restaurant
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Osman's Restaurant has been serving handcrafted classic Continental cuisine in a cozy, old-world setting for the past 20 years. The petite eatery is perfect for romantic dining with a charming, inviting ambiance, and an innovative menu of delicious dishes such as escargot in garlic-tarragon butter, fried brie with tangy marmalade, baked tortellini with shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, and grilled filet mignon with shrimp gorgonzola. An extensive wine list features exceptional vintages from around the world, classic cocktails prepared with high-end spirits, and a variety of bottled craft beers and microbrews. Osman's Restaurant is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.

2579 Halls Mill Rd, Mobile, AL 36606, Phone: 251-479-0006

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7.Pour Baby

Pour Baby
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Pour Baby is a buzzy bistro on Airport Boulevard that serves seasonal small plates, artisanal cheese, and charcuterie boards and an extensive selection of wines by the glass and craft beers. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, the culinary team at Pour Baby creates an eclectic menu of sharing plates such as fried green tomatoes, seafood gumbo, Korean beef wraps, lump blue crab cakes, and tenderloin sliders. The eatery offers a burgeoning wine list of more than 150 wines by the bottle, along with craft microbrews and domestic beers, and a curated selection of high-end spirits. Pour Baby is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.

6808 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL 36608, Phone: 251-343-3555

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8.Southern National

Southern National
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Southern National is a casual neighborhood restaurant and bar on the ground level of the beautifully restored historic Wilkins-Higgins building. Boasting an industrial-style interior with minimalist décor, a concrete screed floor, a full-length bar, large windows that flood the inside with natural light during the day and soft lighting at night, the James Beard Semi-Finalist restaurant is an ideal spot for a romantic dinner. Chef Duane Nutter and restaurateur Reggie Washington create seasonal menus of mouthwatering farm-to-table fare with fresh seafood, naturally-fed chicken and meat, and organic salads and vegetarian options. A full-service bar offers a variety of libations, ranging from craft and draft beers, classic cocktails, top-shelf spirits, and casual wines from around the world. Southern National is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and lunch only on Sunday.

360 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-308-2387

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9.The Noble South

The Noble South
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The Noble South is a lofty, cheerful, community-minded eatery helmed by chef/owner and rising star Chris Rainosek that serves inventive Southern-inspired cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a rustic-chic setting. Celebrating the local bounty by using local ingredients and regional produce, the restaurant serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, along with specials such as Meatless Mondays, and value-plate lunches. Signature brunch dishes range from Breakfast Bowls and Fried Catfish to Fig Crepes and Fried Oyster Benedict, while dinner dishes include Shrimp and Grits, Wagyu Steak, Pork Duo, Redfish, and Boudin Stuffed Quail. An extensive wine list features excellent vintages from around the world, classic cocktails prepared with high-end spirits, and a variety of bottled craft beers and microbrews. The Noble South is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, brunch, and lunch on Sunday and dinner only on Saturday.

203 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-690-6824

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10.Via Emilia

Via Emilia
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Via Emilia is a traditional Northern Italian eatery with a warm ambiance that specializes in Northern Italian favorites made with fresh locally sourced ingredients. Featuring a cozy dining room with an open kitchen, a tranquil koi pond, and a lovely patio for alfresco dining, the eatery offers an extensive menu of Italian favorites such as braised meats, house-made pasta, fresh seafood specialties, and delicious desserts. Plates of antipasti include calamari fritti, Salmone affumicato, lumachel, gamberoni e avocado, and signature entrées range from Fettucine al Nero di seppia and ravioli di Aragosta to Frutti di mare. The cuisine is paired with fine wines from the vast cellar which holds over 3,000 bottles from around the world, and other libations include craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails. Via Emilia is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.

5901 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608, Phone: 251-342-3677

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11.Half Shell Oyster House

Half Shell Oyster House
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For exceptional Southern-style seafood in a romantic atmosphere, head to Half Shell Oyster House, which promises an unforgettable fine-dining experience. The upscale-casual seafood eatery and bar specialize in serving fresh seafood, catch-of-the-day fish, shellfish and oysters, along with po' boys, prime steaks and fresh salads. Exposed brick interiors, ornate wrought iron railings, and romantic French Quarter lighting create an intimate ambiance, and a large copper bar overlooks the open kitchen where the culinary team produces exceptional cuisine. Pair your fare with a variety of libations from creative cocktails, craft beers and microbrews and a selection of fine wines from some of the world’s top wine-producing regions. Half Shell Oyster House is open for lunch and dinner, daily.

3654 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL 36608, Phone: 251-338-9350

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12.The Royal Scam

The Royal Scam
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The Royal Scam is a casual eatery with a charming patio that serves New American cuisine and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Located opposite the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner and a wide range of libations from classic cocktails to craft beers, with signature dishes of prime steaks, hearty hamburgers, gourmet sandwiches, fresh seafood and salads, and homemade soups. A full-service bar offers a variety of libations, ranging from craft and draft beers, classic cocktails, top-shelf spirits, and casual wines from around the world. The Royal Scam is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.

72 S Royal St, Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-432-7226

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13.Trellis Room

Trellis Room
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Located in the historic Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, the Trellis Room is an award-winning restaurant that specializes in contemporary American cuisine with Southern flair. Opened in 1852, the airy and elegantly decorated restaurant exudes a stylish and sophisticated ambiance and serves seasonal menus with an emphasis on farm-to-table fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients including fresh seafood, prime steaks, fresh salads, and handmade pasta dishes. A highly-acclaimed wine list boasts both popular and rare vintages from around the world, and other libations from the full-service bar include creative cocktails, and microbrews and craft beers. The Trellis Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday and breakfast and brunch, Sunday and Monday.

26 N Royal St #1, Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-338-2000

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14.Roma Cafe

Roma Cafe
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Roma Café is a casual, family-friendly eatery that specializes in delicious from-scratch Mediterranean fare and Italian specialties. The cozy neighborhood restaurant serves seasonal menus of favorite dishes such as homemade soups and fresh salads, housemade pasta and sauces, naturally-fed meats and chicken, and fresh seafood. Signature dishes include hummus and pita or spinach pies, oven-roasted salmon, cheesesteak sandwiches, spaghetti Pomodoro, baked cheese pasta, and parmesan tilapia. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Roma Café is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.

7134 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL 36608, Phone: 251-341-7217

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15.Briquettes Steakhouse

Briquettes Steakhouse
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Briquettes Steakhouse is renowned for serving prime steaks, ribs, chops and other classic steakhouse fare cooked over the grill and infused with the smoky flavors of pecan and red oak. Boasting traditional steakhouse décor with elegantly dressed tables, dark wood and leather accents, and soft lighting, the steakhouse serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Briquettes Steakhouse is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.

901 Montlimar Dr #36609, Mobile, AL 36609, Phone: 251-408-3133

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Attraction Spotlight: Mobile Symphony Orchestra

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra, currently under the direction of Scott Speck, has been a fixture of Mobile, AL since 1997. The mission of the orchestra is to enhance lives through music education and live performance. The orchestra offers ever-changing concert programming one weekend per month. Performances take place Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Classic performances include the works of Beethoven, Gershwin, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart and others. Each December, the orchestra offers Mobile’s Magical Christmas, which includes performances by Mobile’s Singing Children. The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra offers public performances free of charge at several venues throughout town. The Symphony also performs for the Mobile Opera, which offers public performances monthly in October, February and March.

Scott Speck is the relatively young orchestra’s first musical director. Under his guidance, the orchestra has grown to become the premier classical music experience on the Gulf Coast. Outside of Mobile, Speck has toured with the orchestras of Paris, London, San Francisco and Beijing and has participated in gala performances with world-class conductors Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Yo-Yo Ma among others.

The historic Saenger Theatre has been the symphony’s home since it’s inception in 1997. The theater, built in 1927, is modeled after the great European opera houses, with décor inspired by Greek mythology and the oceanic theme of the Gulf Coast. The theater has changed management many times since its founding, and in the interim, over $6 million in renovations have been completed. Today, the Saenger Theatre is operated by SMG World, a global venue management company. In 2014, the Symphony Orchestra donated a new acoustical shell to the theater, exponentially improving the quality of sound and the detail of sound that is able to reach even the furthest seat.

History: Mobile has a long history of Symphony Orchestras, which have thrived then faltered over the years. The first Mobile Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1908, lived a brief life, then disassembled. Attempts at a Mobile Orchestra began again in 1924. The orchestra did not survive through the Great Depression and World War II, yet formed again in 1966. In 1970, Symphony Concerts of Mobile was established in lieu of a home-based orchestra to bring first class orchestras from across the United States to Alabama for performances. By 1996, the Board of Directors decided that to truly serve the citizens of Mobile, the city needed an orchestra with a home base in Mobile that would employ local professional musicians. Thus, in 1997, the organization changed its name to the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, and a new era began, with Jerome Shannon as the orchestra’s interim conductor. Between 1998 and 2000, the orchestra expanded its educational programming for youth, and became the home of the Mobile Opera as well. In 2000, Scott Speck was hired as the organization’s first director and has ushered in a new era for the Mobile Symphony Orchestra enhanced by the construction of a new acoustical shell over the symphony’s performance space, along with the purchase of a rehearsal building on Dauphin Street. The building additional hosts youth programming and administrative offices.

Ongoing Programs and Education: The Symphony has spearheaded efforts to bring music education to Mobile’s youth. Symphony members teach music classes to students in pre-K through 8th grade at local schools, once weekly, for a period of 25 weeks. The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra allows students across the Gulf Coast who have achieved proficiency with their instruments to practice, study and perform with an orchestra. The symphony introduces youth to music in a variety of ways, by offering free weekday performances to youth groups, by inviting youth to attend Sunday matinees for free, and with the Instrument Petting Zoo and the Instrument Exchange. The ‘Petting Zoo’ brings a variety of instruments to public schools and lets children touch, play with and hear the sound of each instrument. The Exchange offers community members who have unused instruments at home to donate the instruments to children who otherwise would not be able to afford musical education. Adult education includes the Bay Area Strings Community Orchestra. No audition is required to join, only a basic knowledge of one’s instrument is required, and rehearsals are held weekly. A program called Take Note! is a public talk that offers classical concert attendees more background and history prior to each of the orchestra’s public performances.

257 Dauphin St. Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-432-2010

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Attraction Spotlight: Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Inspiring as well as socially engaging, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center (located in Mobile, Alabama) is a great place to visit for people of all ages. The center helps visitors see art in a new light, while also learning more about the history of the area. After a successful, multi-million-dollar campaign to help raise the funds to renovate the building that now houses the arts center, it was opened to the public in 2003.

History

In 2015, it was renamed and paired with the current ACAC, which has been in operation since 1999 and has provided over 80,000 people with art classes, camps, and other arts based education and conversation.

Permanent Exhibits

Although the art center features a variety of rotating exhibits, many of them are featured for lengthy periods of time to make sure to allow plenty of opportunities for visitors to see their specifically procured collections.

Back to Havana - The current nine-month exhibit being featured at the art center is the Back to Havana exhibition. Focusing on the similarities between Havana, Cuba and Mobile, Alabama as the first Cuban American sister cities pair, this exhibit goes into detail about the economic, cultural, educational, and civic issues that these cities have in common. Part exhibit, part community initiative, Back to Havana takes a look at Cuban culture with a focus on Home and Family, Play and Recreation, Communications and Technology, Travel and Transportation, and Dreams. This exhibit also features multimedia works from fifteen of the most exciting contemporary Cuban artists: Alejandro Alfonso, William Perez, Sandra Ramos, and Kris Perez (among others). The exhibit continues the art center’s mission statement of connecting interests, ideas, and other global significant issues to the region. Along with this exhibit comes frequent cultural events hosted at the center with Cuban food, music, and activities!

State of the Art - After Back to Havana leaves in 2018, State of the Art is set to replace it on exhibition. This exhibit celebrates Alabama’s bicentennial with the theme “Honor Our People” with a focus on art of the contemporary variety. All artists featured are residents of, or a native of, Alabama.

Public Conversations - The art center also offers what they call public conversations, specifically tied to current exhibitions on display. These moderated talks are meant to further the conversation around the mission of each exhibition, allowing for multiple viewpoints and lively (but civil) discussion. Alabama Contemporary frequently partners with local cultural and social groups for these discussions.

Classes and Workshops - The center also offers a wide range of workshops and classes for all ages and skill levels. These mostly art classes are led by artists and other professionals and focus on the current exhibition. Recent classes and workshops have featured things like printmaking, art symbolism, creative writing, and found object art creation.

Special Events

The arts center hosts many special events throughout the year, as well as being available for rental for guest’s own special events.

For rental inquiries, there is a form available on the center’s website that guests should fill out when looking into renting the center. This will allow the staff the ability to contact them and provide them specific information about availability, cost, and any restrictions to renting. There are few gallery options and staff will go over all available options after the form is filled out.

The website also hosts an up to date calendar of all events offered at the center. There are frequent events for both adults and children, like story time and yoga lessons. There are even classes that are geared toward senior learners of all skill levels. Members usually will not have to pay the additional fee. See the website for details, including cost, time and specifics including age restrictions.

Educational Opportunities

The Alabama Contemporary center offers field trips to student groups. Contact the center for information about reservations, as they are recommended in advance to verify that the center is able to handle the group size. Designed to spark a fire of imagination and creativity in students of all ages, from kindergarten through senior year of high school, a field trip to the art center is educational while also engaging and inspiring to students. Every tour makes sure to focus on Discipline-Based Arts Ed’s four standards: art history/culture, arts production, criticism/aesthetics, and core curriculum. The field trips hit many of the main school subjects, including science, English, math, and social studies/sciences and is a great resource to allow for outside of classroom learning while still hitting all applicable school standards. It also provides students with fresh perspectives on what arts can mean to them personally, as well as to the community.

Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street, Mobile, AL, 36602, Phone: 251-208-5671

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Attraction Spotlight: Oakleigh House

The historic and beautiful Oakleigh House, located in Mobile, Alabama, is one of the top rated and visited destinations in the entire state. Guest can view the fine art collection while accompanying one of the Belles on a guided tour of the grounds. The house was built in 1833 by James Roper, a cotton broker from Virginia.

History

It was one of the first residences to be built outside of city limits and the Greek Revival architectural style is renowned for being just as unique as it is beautiful.

Permanent Exhibits

The attraction of the Oakleigh home is the actual house itself. Offering tours of the home on the hour, from 10am to 4pm Mondays and Tuesdays as well as Thursdays through Saturdays (the house is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays), guests can see this beautiful and historic home and browse the collections inside. The home is still one of the top destinations in the area, due to the grandiose architecture as well as the fine arts found inside. Group tours must be reserved more than 7 days in advance, so guests should keep that in mind when planning their visit to the house. There is a form on the website to fill out and a small fee per tour is required.

Oakleigh Belles - The Preservation Society of Mobile is home to the Oakleigh Belles, young women who volunteer their time to act as tour guides for the house. This program is open to young women who maintain a B average in high school, communicate well, and are interested in historic preservation. They must fill out an application on the website and attend monthly meetings. The Belles make any tour of the house a fun, educational, and interactive experience!

Art collections - The Oakleigh home plays host to museum collection of more than 1000 different artifacts that represent the way life was in Mobile between 1830 and 1900. Visitors should make sure to pay special attention to the Conning silver (made by Mobile native and well-known silversmith James Conning) collection, the Haviland Limoge set of fine china, and the large art collection by artists like Thomas Sully, William West, Louise Heustis, and Roderick McKenzie.

Union Barracks - Also known as the Cook’s House in a previous iteration, admission to the Oakleigh House also includes a tour of the barracks. Built in 1867, the barracks was built to house Union soldiers that were stationed there during Mobile’s Reconstruction period. In fact, the barracks are one of the few surviving buildings from period that are still in existence in the South. Tour the building and learn not only about the Reconstruction period but also Emancipation in Alabama. Admission to the barracks does not include a guided tour. All tours are self-guided.

Special Events

Throughout the year the Oakleigh puts on a variety of special events at the house. One of the most popular is Christmas at the Oakleigh house. Complete with seasonal decorations, the Christmas event displays the silver collection, allows guests to visit with Santa Claus while listening to Christmas music, and is a perfect opportunity for guests to purchase unique gifts from the onsite gift shop. Tickets must be purchased in advance and that can be done on the website.

There is also a monthly book club meeting for visitors who live in the local area. Hosting a lively discussion of a different book every month, the Oakleigh is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a great book while hanging out with friends. Check the website for information about what book is being read that month, as well as the time and date for the monthly book club meeting.

Educational Opportunities

There is a specialized program for field trips at the Oakleigh, focusing on the history of Alabama (with a special emphasis on Mobile, Alabama) as well as the Civil War and the impact it had on the area (both during and after with the Reconstruction and Emancipation eras). The tours are recommended for groups of students no younger than middle school age, and school affiliation is not mandatory (home school students are also both welcomed and encouraged to visit).

Reserving a tour must be done by groups of at least 15 students, but may include no more than 40 students at a time. Contact the museum, either by filling out the form on the website or by calling them directly, for more information about cost (there is a discount rate available for field trips) and to book a tour. Payment can be made ahead of time or at the time of the tour.

Historic Oakleigh House, 300 Oakleigh Place, Mobile, AL, 36604, Phone: 251-432-1281

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