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.

Wednesday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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
  • Columbus Ships Pinta and Nina

The Galley, our on site cafe, is currently undergoing renovations, and will only be serving food on special occasions. We still offer a variety of snacks and drinks through our Museum Gift Shoppe, Treasures. Please check back soon for updates!

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.

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In confined spaces, we say there's "no room to swing a cat." Certain spaces below decks on shipboard were too small for an officer to administer punishment with the "cat o' nine tails."