Mobile Carnival Museum




Celebrating for over 300 years

  • Witness the pomp and pageantry of past coronations

  • Browse a pictorial gallery historical photographs of dating back to 1886. 

  • Experience a behind-the-mask view of the street party by climbing aboard a rocking float. 

  • Discover the art of costume design and float construction.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions of carnival. 


  • Take a picture as royalty.


  • See firsthand the intricate designs and artistry of majestic crowns, scepters, and robes of Mardi Gras monarchs.  


  • View videos of parades and balls.

Admission Information

General Admission:


Student Tours & Children (12 and Under):


Military, Students w/ ID, AAA, AARP:


Hours of Operation


Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

 Holiday Observations

Ash Wednesday (Feb 14)

Good Friday (March 29)

Memorial Day (May 27)

Independence Day (July 4-5)

Labor Day (Sept 2)

Thanksgiving (Nov. 28-29)

Christmas (Dec 25)

New Year (Jan. 1)

Parking & Accessibility


The museum is wheelchair accessible on 2 of the 3 levels.


Complimentary parking at the on-site lot. 


Click here for Directions


Current Exhibition...

Carnival and Hospitality:

The Art of the Invitation

Thematic Past - Invitations 2

An invitation is an expectation for fun, a harbinger of hospitality, a remembrance of a glorious occasion, and, at times, artistry incarnate. Carnival and Hospitality: The Art of the Invitation showcases 175 years of Southern graciousness and Mardi Gras good times. Featuring over three hundred artifacts pertaining to all that an envelopment might hold and more, the show imparts a history of Carnival in Mobile, American history, and society fashion, and multiple other narratives. Many invitations are paired with works of art by local artists that inspired them. The first ever exhibit to focus solely on Carnival invitations in Mobile, Carnival and Hospitality is a show which you are “cordially invited!”

Mystic Series

Explore Mobile’s eight plus mystic societies through special exhibits……

Thematic Series

Experience the traditions and personalities that define Carnival in Mobile……

Gallery & Virtual Tour

See the festive and memorable events hosted at the Mobile Carnival Museum...