With 90 interactive exhibits, simulators and theaters, GulfQuest is an educator's dream. From stem to stern, GulfQuest provides unique learning opportunities that will engage and inspire your students from the moment they arrive. GulfQuest is the first museum of its kind to feature hands-on exhibits focused entirely on the unique maritime aspects of the Gulf of Mexico.
Our goal for your students is to inspire an interest in the maritime history and culture as well as the science and technology of the Gulf Coast as a region. Within the museum, interactive exhibits, simulators and presentations provide one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for students on multiple exhibit decks. Along the way, GulfQuest educators and volunteers will engage your students, providing teaching moments specific to each exhibit.
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Please call at least two weeks in advance.
Discounted admission rates are available for 15 or more students who visit as a group:
Chaperones are very important. To ensure a positive learning experience, GulfQuest requests that each school group maintains the following chaperone-to-student ratio:
Because it will be challenging for large groups to maneuver through exhibits, theaters and simulators, we recommend that school groups break up into smaller groups led by teachers or chaperones who can facilitate learning experiences and help maintain discipline.
Plan on taking about 15 minutes to complete your reservation.
Call 251.436.8901 Tuesdays through Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Be ready with the following information:
We will provide you with the total cost of your visit and your confirmation number. All payments are due upon arrival the date of your visit. Payments should be made with a school check made out to GulfQuest.
Once you book, GulfQuest will send you these important documents via email:
Please inform GulfQuest of any changes at least 48 hours prior to your visit.
If you must cancel, please contact the reservations office at least one full calendar week before your scheduled visit. Those who fail to provide a week's advance notice will be charged a cancellation fee of $75 or 25% of the total reservation, whichever is higher.
Notify us if you need to cancel a Classroom Program. GulfQuest educators reserve the right to cancel a class with fewer than 15 students.
In the event you are running late, please notify us so we can plan accordingly.
Decide whether to bring your own lunch or order lunch through the museum's cafe. Either way, we'll help you reserve a time for your class to eat in our school lunchroom. Alternatively, you may choose to eat outside in the amphitheater or in Cooper Riverside Park, overlooking the Mobile River.
If you're bringing your lunches, bring them in cardboard boxes with your school name printed on the side.
Upon arrival, you will load your lunches on provided carts (marked with your school name and lunch time) and transport them into the building. Once inside, GulfQuest staff will transport your lunch to the lunchroom.
Lunches may be pre-ordered from the museum’s restaurant, The Galley at (251) 202-6318. The lunches will be delivered to the lunchroom at your designated lunch time.
Elementary School Boxed Lunch - $6.25
*Inquire about vegetarian options.
Middle and High School Boxed Lunch - $6.95
*Inquire about vegetarian options.
Be sure to allow time for your students to search for unique, educational items in Treasures, GulfQuest's museum store, located on the first floor. Treasures offers a wide selection of items that complement the museum's interactive exhibits and programs. Nautical themed t-shirts, games, books, models, kits and souvenirs are available for any age (and any budget).
A greeter from GulfQuest will meet your bus when it arrives. The greeter will direct you to Group Check-In. To expedite the process, bring your Confirmation Statement and an exact count of students and adults (teachers and chaperones).
Payment is due upon arrival, and should be made with a school check made payable to GulfQuest. (Payment must be made on a school check in order to be tax exempt.)
Buses will unload and load in front of GulfQuest. There is limited bus parking on museum grounds except for drop-off and pick-up. Buses may also park at the Mobile Civic Center.
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