GulfQuest Maritime Museum
155 South Water Street
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, 36602
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GulfQuest/National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico opened on September 26, 2015, is a non-profit interactive maritime museum dedicated to the maritime heritage and culture of the Gulf of Mexico.
The 120,000 square foot museum, located on the riverfront, is designed to look as if it were a ship headed into Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Because the technology behind container ships originated in Mobile, Alabama, and had a dramatic impact on the shipping and maritime industry, GulfQuest's Board of Directors decided to put a full-sized replica of a container ship inside the museum to house most of the museum's 90 exhibits. The replica (dubbed The SS McLean), surrounded by water and made to look like it's floating, has interior walkways resembling those on large ships with the museum's "Seagoing Slang" displayed throughout each level.
The museum features 90 interactive exhibits, simulators, theaters and artifact displays, complemented by artifacts and memorabilia displayed throughout "multiple decks" inside a full-sized replica of a container ship, displayed as if dockside. GulfQuest also features a museum store, a museum café and several event spaces.
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