GulfQuest/National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is committed to making its exhibits, building, programs, and services accessible to all audiences.
Designated spaces are available in the parking lot for visitors with disabilities. Designated spaces are also available in the Alabama Cruise Terminal parking deck next to GulfQuest.
Service animals are welcome inside GulfQuest.
GulfQuest is accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. The main entrance on the museum’s west side is accessible by wheelchair (as is the riverside entrance). Wheelchairs are available free of charge at Visitor Services on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance reservations are not available.
Elevators are located on both ends of the building. The north elevator provides access to event rooms, classrooms, the school lunchroom and administrative offices. The south elevator provides access to the museum’s exhibit galleries.
Sloping ramps on either side of GulfQuest's container ship (which houses the exhibit galleries) also provide access via wheelchair.
Many of GulfQuest's exhibits have closed captioning available for the hearing impaired.
The GulfQuest Visitor’s Guide is available at Visitor Services.
DOWN THE HATCH
A ship's cargo is traditionally loaded by lowering it through large openings in the deck, called "hatches." Nowadays, the term is a toast offered before taking food or drink.