Frequently Asked Questions


GulfQuest is the world's only maritime museum dedicated to the historical, cultural and economic significance of the Gulf of Mexico. Located on the Mobile River in downtown Mobile, AL, GulfQuest is one of the only interactive maritime museums in the United States.

We will reopen to the public on Saturday February 18, 2017 at 10:00am.

Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Noon to 5 p.m.



Adults (18-64)
Youth (5-17)
Seniors (65+)
Active Military (w/ID)
College Students (w/ID)

Admission prices include sales tax. Children under 5 will be admitted free of charge. An adult must accompany all children/youth.  Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discount rates.

No. GulfQuest stems from a public/private partnership between the City of Mobile and the non-profit National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. The museum's building was constructed by the City of Mobile, and the City will maintain responsibility for the building. Currently the City is responsible for paying 8 of the staff, utilities and some maintenance of the facility and exhibits. The non-profit will assume oversight of the exhibits, and operations of the museum.

GulfQuest’s container ship, the SS McLean, commemorates the concept of "containerization",  an idea pioneered by Malcom McLean in the 1950s as the owner of Waterman Steamship Corporation in Mobile. The first container ships were retrofitted at the Port of Mobile. Containerization revolutionized world trade by dramatically lowering shipping costs, making it possible for companies to manufacture their products and ship them worldwide at an affordable cost.

There are 90 exhibits including hands-on activities, theaters displays and simulators.

World-class exhibits designers and installers have planned GulfQuest's interactive exhibits:

  • Lyons/Zaremba in Boston, MA, exhibits designers
  • Monadnock Media in Sunderland, MA, multi-media content producers
  • 1220 Exhibits in Nashville, TN, exhibits fabricators/installers
  • Hands On! Exhibits in St. Petersburg, FL, exhibits designers and fabricators

Absolutely! GulfQuest will offer a wide range of educational programs for school groups (K-12). In addition to exploring interactive exhibits, GulfQuest's educators will provide curriculum-relevant classes that support state courses of study and national education standards for science and social studies. GulfQuest's Education Department will also provide teachers with pre- and post-visit ideas and scavenger hunts for students to complete during their visit.

Yes, traveling exhibitions play an important role in broadening the visitor experience. Unlike the permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits showcase primarily maritime artifacts, artwork and memorabilia. Hands-on components are utilized to complement the displays. 

Past traveling exhibitions include: 

  • SHIPWRECK! Pirates and Treasure 
  • Savange Ancient Seas 
  • Treasures of NOAA's Ark

Possible traveling exhibitions include:

  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • National Geographic's Real Pirates Exhibition
  • Extreme Deep: Journey to the Abyss
  • La Belle: The Exhibition

Yes, The Galley is open for lunch 11-3 Tuesday through Saturday, and 12-3 on Sunday. There is both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the beautiful Mobile River.

Yes. Treasures is open during museum hours. Treasures is designed to look like a sunken Spanish galleon, and will feature museum-quality gifts in every price range.

Yes. Overlooking Mobile's downtown waterfront and skyline, GulfQuest’s event spaces and meeting rooms—along with the museum’s interactive exhibits—offer a "one-of-a-kind" experience. GulfQuest can accommodate high profile and casual events, including corporate functions, conferences, luncheons, lectures, receptions and private parties.


When a sailor deserted his ship, he might do so by jumping into a boat or into the water in the dark of night. Now, when someone abandons a job, leaving others to do the work, they have "jumped ship."