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Seven Exhibits GulfQuest Visitors Should Not Miss

Sep 30, 2016 - On Board GulfQuest

Seven Exhibits GulfQuest Visitors Should Not Miss

At GulfQuest, taking in all 90 interactive exhibits, theaters, simulators and displays can be a tall order. Therefore, we’ve chosen the top seven exhibits that our visitors should not miss.

  1. GulfQuest Theater and the three-screen, multi-media presentation entitled, “The Gulf Coast: A Place Like No Other”  
    This 16-minute film explores the rich maritime history and culture of the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay from past to present, with a tapestry of panoramic images and voices that captures what it’s like to live and work on the Gulf Coast.
     
  2. Observation Decks  
    At GulfQuest’s highest level, observation decks on either side of “The Bridge” provide awe-inspiring views of Mobile’s working waterfront and historic downtown. Interpretive panels provide perspectives on the Port of Mobile, commonly seen ships, and other topics. With more than 90 nations trading in the Port of Mobile each year, large ships of all types frequently pass by on the Mobile River and can be seen from the observation decks and from inside the museum.
     
  3. Ocean Planet
    In this exhibit, a six-foot diameter planet Earth is suspended, rotating on its axis. With stunning visualizations of our amazing planet, visitors engage in theater programs on the Gulf of Mexico that utilize real satellite data provided by NOAA. From following the paths of hurricanes to observing shipping routes in and out of the Gulf of Mexico, Ocean Planet provides historical and real-time data in a spectacular and interactive display.
     
  4. Pelican Girls
    Here, visitors will enter an attic space from the early 1900s and gaze into an old mirror, where the ghostly images of two French women tell their personal stories about sailing from Paris to Mobile on the ship Pelican in 1704: one of the “cassette girls”–young women chosen as prospective brides for French-Canadian settlers–and the madame who oversaw their journey on behalf of the French crown.
     
  5. Discovery Hull Theater and the film, “Port of Victory”
    With sound, lighting and fog effects, this 8-minute film covers the history of the Port of Mobile during World War II, focusing on the shipbuilding and shipping industries that helped the nation win the war. It was a treacherous time for shipping in the Gulf of Mexico, with German submarines sinking 45 ships in 1942.
     
  6. Take the Helm 
    A pilot simulator identical to those used to train professional boat pilots. In this theater, visitors navigate a variety of vessels around the Port of Mobile, Mobile Bay and the Tombigbee River. During each show, a “captain” is selected from the audience to take the controls, select daytime or nighttime, fair weather or foul weather – and test their skills piloting in one of six different scenarios.
     
  7. The Hunley
    Visitors will board the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley on the fateful night it became the first submarine to destroy an enemy vessel: the Yankee warship Housatonic. The story of this historic event is told through the eyes of Lt. George Dixon, the Hunley’s captain. The Hunley was built in Mobile and put into service in Charleston Harbor, SC.

Visiting GulfQuest can be an all-day experience. In addition to multiple decks of exhibits’ galleries, GulfQuest features its own cafe with outdoor seating and a museum store designed to look like a sunken Spanish galleon that features Gulf maritime merchandise for all ages and interests. CLICK HERE for more GulfQuest exhibits! 

 







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