History Museum of Mobile (two hours away)
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History Museum of Mobile is a lovely museum in a beautiful building, the Southern Market/Old City Hall building. As you enter the white columns past windows covered in whimsical ironwork ornamentation, you know you've come to the right place! Then you see the checkered floor in the lobby, where bright murals and frescoes add to your delight. The first room you come to is full of miniature dollhouses created by Aaron Friedman. These are pure joy, and little girls especially will love them. They are done is such exquisite detail and cover a broad range of architectural styles.
Upstairs is a first-rate exhibit on Carnival, which originated in Mobile not New Orleans, plus some exhibits on women working in wartime. The special exhibits are top as well, and we saw a beautifully curated one about a man from Mobile who traveled to India and spent many years there documenting what he saw.
Across from the museum is reconstructed Fort Conde, which has a small and interesting history museum inside. Here they will give you a walking tour map of the historic homes on Church St which leads you on a gorgeous walk.
After your visit, have an ice cream or a cup of tea on Dauphin Street.
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History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street, Mobile AL 36602, call (251) 208-7652.
Entrance is $10 for adults, $7.50 for teens and college students, $5 for kids, and free for children aged 5 and under.
Open Tues-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5. Closed Mondays.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.