The Mobile Carnival Museum is located at 355 Government Street in Mobile, Alabama. The history of Mobile as the birthplace of Mardi Gras and the festivals history is highlighted in this facility. The intricate designs on the monarchs of Mardi Gras robes, scepters and crowns can all be seen up close along with the construction of the floats and designs of the costumes. There are videos of the balls and parades, and footage of past coronations for visitors to enjoy.
The museum also has a gallery dating back to 1886 with the historical photographs contained in it. Visitors can climb onto a rocking float to experience the parade from the point of view of someone in it or go to the Little Mystics Den to get the experience of a costumed youth rider. The Mobile Carnival Museum has been operating in the area since 2005.
Admission to the facility is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages twelve and under. Children below the age of three get into the facility at no charge. Two of the museum's three levels are wheelchair accessible. The facility opens at nine in the morning and closes at four in the afternoon on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesdays. The last tour of the museum begins at three in the afternoon.
It is possible for the Mobile Carnival Museum to accommodate groups of fifty or more for private tours on the days the museum is normally closed. Advanced arrangements are required to receive one of these private tours on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday. Visitors may park in the on-site lot at no additional cost to them which means they don't need to take time away from the museum visit to search out a parking space.
Groups with ten or more people that want to tour the facilities are asked to make reservations in advance. There is the option to have a docent guided tour or to explore the museum alone when with a group. The tours given to students are specifically designed to suit the students' ages in addition to a specific area of interested that has been requested. The historical Bernstein Bush House is the home of the museum and the former carriage room is now the mystical Den.
The Mobile Carnival Museum and its grounds can be rented to hold events. The facility offers packages for daytime rentals, evening events and even birthday parties. Personal requests are used to assist the facility with tailoring the event to meet patrons' needs. Whether it's a convention, corporate function, special occasion or after rehearsal dinner the museum can accommodate. The facility can be used for reunions and has private gallery seating for parade nights. Youth gathering, Mardi Gras socials and receptions for weddings can all be held at the Mobile Carnival Museum.
Anyone in the Mobile area that has never had a chance to go to Mardi Gras in person should at least visit the Mobile Carnival Museum to get an idea of the festivities. Additional information about group tours, rates, event rentals and directions can be obtained by contacting the facility directly.
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