Mobile Carnival Museum

Event & Facility Guidelines

Are you looking for something fun and exciting for your next Special Event? Then look no further than the Mobile Carnival Museum. From interactive exhibits to exquisite displays to visual presentations to our rental “Den”, the Mobile Carnival Museum is the perfect setting to make your next event a true celebration. This one-of-a kind museum highlights the history of Mardi Gras from its first parade in 1830 to current traditions celebrated yearly in the Port City.

Accommodations & Rental Space

The Den can accommodate 200 people for a reception and 150 people for a seated dinner. This interactive space has a rear door for easy load-in and load-out for vendors. A chandelier setting mounted on a retractable open awning can be lowered to accent your decorating scheme. In addition to the interior den, the open air, grassy area behind the museum can accommodate tents to increase party size. Also, permits can be obtained to allow Franklin Street to be closed to thru traffic and tented as well. This offers a splendid view of Spanish Plaza and adds to the ambience of your special function. This option requires an approval process through the City of Mobile Event Services Department at least 120 days prior to the event.

Alcoholic Beverage Service

Events desiring alcoholic beverages must adhere to policies set forth by the Alabama Beverage Control Board. A special event liquor license is required for all cash bars. Alcohol distribution and consumption must be in compliance with all laws of the State of Alabama.


Groups may select a caterer of their choice for food service at the Mobile Carnival Museum. The museum can provide a list of local caterers upon request. When negotiating with a caterer, please consider the following:

  • Access to the building prior to the start of the event for timely set-up.
  • Access to the building at the conclusion of the event for clean-up.
  • Removal of all food and trash at the conclusion of the function.
  • Bagged and tied trash must be placed in City approved receptacles. Any loose trash must be removed from the premises.
  • Food service and consumption are welcome in the Den, Theater, and exterior areas of the museum.
  • Food stations/tables should be coordinated within the approved areas.
  • The museum offers a small prep area at the rear of the theater. Caterers who use this space will be responsible for cleaning it before leaving.
  • Cooking on-site is permitted on the exterior of the building. Areas selected should be discussed with the Executive Director.
  • Use of open flame must adhere to Life Safety Code guidelines to include an accessible fire extinguisher.
  • All electrical cords should be in good condition.


The museum provides an atmosphere of fun and creates a carnival ambience. Additional decorations are welcome if desired. We request your cooperation with the following:

  • Freestanding decorations are recommended.
  • Tape, tacks, staples or putty may not be used to affix decorations.
  • Candles must be completely covered/enclosed to be lit.
  • Confetti of any kind is not allowed. Please refrain from use of glitter or decals.
  • We suggest pin-on name tags rather than sticker or adhesive badges.
  • Decorations should be removed and/or discarded at the conclusion of the event.
  • If outside vendors supply decorations, please inform the museum staff of scheduled delivery and pick-up times.
  • Deliveries should be made at the rear of the museum, via Franklin Street.
  • Floral arrangements and greenery should not contain loose dirt or soil.
  • For wedding send-offs: No confetti, birdseed, rice or serpentine may be used. It is suggested brides consider bubbles, sparklers, rose petals or glow sticks.


The Mobile Carnival Museum is located in downtown Mobile at 355 Government Street. It is ideally located six blocks from the Mobile Convention Center, two blocks from the Mobile Civic Center, and is within easy walking distance of all downtown hotels and most downtown restaurants.

  • From I-10 E – Exit at Water Street and turn left onto Government Street. Museum is ¼ mile on the left.
  • From I-110 Connector – Exit at Downtown Mobile onto Water Street. Go ¾ mile and turn right onto Government Street. Museum is ¼ mile on the left.
  • From Hwy 90 – Continue on Hwy 90 east to downtown Mobile (Road is also know as Government Street). Museum is in the 300 block on the right.


Docents provide guided tours of the museum during regular museum hours. For all private functions you may request a docent to be scheduled to enhance your visit. If you prefer specialized services, please discuss this with the museum personnel.

Gift Shoppe

Toomey’s operates the 1200 sq. ft Gift Shoppe adjacent to the museum. Inventory ranges from novelty items and clothing to upscale gift selections, all associated with the Mardi Gras theme. Custom gift wrap is available for all purchases. Toomey’s can coordinate party favors, convention welcoming attire and guest gift selection. Contact Toomey’s directly at 431-7666.


The Mobile Carnival Museum has limited on-site inventory to service special events, including 60″ rounds, 6’x30″ tables, 8’x30″ tables and black metal frame cushioned chairs. We can coordinate with local rental companies for supplementary items. Groups may also contract their own rentals independently. Labor to set and strike museum inventory is an additional charge

Janitorial & Cleaning

Rental of the facility includes normal janitorial services before, during and after the event. Outside vendors are responsible for clean-up associated with their specific service.


Parking is accommodated in the museum parking lot in 60 paved spaces off Government Street and in the rear lot off Franklin Street. In addition, there is ample street parking within a two block radius, to include the lot at the Mobile Civic Center.


Photographs are an integral part of commemorating special events. We request on site photography be conducted in the Den or on the exterior grounds. For bridal functions, a complimentary photography session can be arranged.

Rental Rates

Rental of the Mobile Carnival Museum for special events and private functions includes full access to museum displays, use of the Den and Theater for food and beverage service or meetings. Rental also includes one management staff, on-site parking, one security guard from the Mobile Police Department, use of facility inventory,  and facility set-up and clean-up. The rental period generally covers a four hour event time with two hours for set-up and one hour for break-down (total of seven hours). Additional coverage can be arranged on a per event basis and additional charges will apply. Permits can be obtained to block off the street to increase your funciton space; additional fees apply. Rental rates are outlined under Daytime Social Package and Evening Rental Rates.

Reservations & Booking Information

Judi Gulledge, Executive Director, handles all arrangements for special events. She can be reached at 251-431-9334. Reservations are accepted up to 18 months prior to the event date. A Facility Use Agreement and deposit is required to confirm reservations.


The museum is monitored on a 24 hour basis by an independent security company. A security guard from the Mobile Police Department is scheduled for all special events, and is included in the rental rate.


The museum is open to the general public Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Requests for tours outside of normal operating hours should be directed to Judi Gulledge at 251-431-9334.


The City of Mobile has a variety of vendors to service special events in the area. Groups can contract their own caterer, florist, photographer, rental company, lighting, bands and other entertainment. The museum can provide a listing of local suppliers who are familiar with the Mobile Carnival Museum.