GulfQuest/National Maritime Museum is lowering its admission prices through the end of 2016 for residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties, effective immediately.
“Now that we have a year under our belt, we wanted to honor our local visitors with reduced admission through the holiday season,” Tony Zodrow, executive director of GulfQuest said. "So many residents have friends and family in town over the holidays, and we want them to bring their guests to GulfQuest!”
Zodrow said the GulfQuest staff has been researching admission prices at other, comparable attractions, both locally and in New Orleans, and found that GulfQuest was close to the average. During this promotion, general adult admission will be reduced from $18 to $15. Youth ages 13-17 and seniors 65-plus will drop from $16 to $14, and children ages five to 12 from $14 to $12.
“This is one of several strategies that start-up attractions consider after a first year,” Zodrow said. “It generally takes about a year to figure out what the area can support, and we decided the holiday season was the right time to roll out this particular strategy. We will evaluate this program at the end of the year and, based on the levels of participation, make decisions going forward.
“We are also looking at other operational strategies,” Zodrow said, “and will likely roll those out over the next few months. The most important goal, right now, is to sustain our operations during this start-up phase so that we can begin to do things such as bring in blockbuster traveling exhibitions and offer more special events.”
Zodrow said events such as hosting the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, offering discounts during events such as the 1065 Music Festival, and working closely with Visit Mobile and area attractions to collectively promote tourism and events, will remain part of GulfQuest’s ongoing strategy during its start-up phase and into the future.
To be eligible for the discounts, residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties must show proof of residency with one of the following: driver’s license, non-driver’s license I.D. or utility bill with Mobile/Baldwin address.