Mobile Carnival Museum

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Mobile Carnival Museum
Mobile Carnival Museum 02.jpg
Location355 Government Street
TypeHistory museum
DirectorJudi F. Gulledge
CuratorEdward B. Ladd
Public transit accessYes
WebsiteMobile Carnival Museum

The Mobile Carnival Museum is a history museum that chronicles over 300 years[1] of Carnival and Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama.[2] The museum is housed in the historic Bernstein-Bush mansion on Government Street in downtown Mobile.[3]


The museum features displays that tell the story of how the local celebration evolved from its early days to the modern tradition it has become. The Queen's Gallery houses gowns, trains, and jewels worn by the queens of Carnival. Also on display is the attire of a 1920s flapper queen, as well as costumes of several jesters of well-known parading societies. The collections also include original Mardi Gras art and posters by various area artists, doubloons, tableau designs, and ball invitations.[4] The mansion's former carriage house contains interactive exhibits, including one that allows visitors to "ride" and throw doubloons from a Carnival float.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "History". "Mobile Carnival Museum". Archived from the original on 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
  2. ^ "Mobile Carnival Museum". "Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
  3. ^ a b "12 January 2006 Press Release". "Mobile Carnival Museum". Archived from the original on 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
  4. ^ "Mardi Gras in Mobile". "Library of Congress: Local Legacies". Retrieved 2007-12-31.

Coordinates: 30°41′20″N 88°02′42″W / 30.688919°N 88.044902°W / 30.688919; -88.044902