There is a war ship , sub, aircraft and armoured vehicles at this complex. You can take a self guided tour of the warship and a shorter one of the sub. It was very cool to actually see one up close.
This museum is not funded by the governemt and relies on donations. It is amazing what they have accomplished even after hurricane Katrina damaged some of the sircraft. We spent 3 hours there and could have spent even more time.
I thought it was interesting that the larger guns could be accurate to 21 miles. It makes you appreciate what the marines went through for freedom. At 680 feet, 129 guns, 15000 mile range and over 2200 people on board.
A must see......
Probably the most famous plaza in Mobile is the Bienville Square. The park is named for Jean Baptiste LeMoyne Sieur de Bienville, Governor of Louisiana and founder of Mobile. It has a nice fountain, a monument to Bienville, and a gazebo. The park is open from 7 AM to 10 PM. It appears to be a popular hangout for the cities homeless; but they did not bother me when I went to the park.
This building is currently the home of the Mobile Bar Association; but was originally the office of Doctor Henry S. LeVert. LeVert was the Mobile Physician from 1829 to 1864 and was instrumental in bringing modern health care to the town. This Italianate building served as a doctor’s office for almost 100 years.
A much less visited museum, but one that I found interesting, was the Phoenix Fire Museum. The museum is housed in a restored 1859 firehouse and has a number of old fire engines, steamers, and other fire fighting displays shoehorned into the small building. The guy manning the museum when I visited was a retired firefighter and was pretty nice. Admission is free but donations are appreciated and help keep the museum running. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday.
Mobile has a nice Mardi Gras Museum that doubles as a mystery dinner theater. Admission covers an unlimited wine bar (may adversely affect your mystery solving abilities), a multi-course meal, and 2 1/2 hours of hilarity and mystery provided by the Mobile Mystery Dinner Players. Nice museum too.
A must for families with kids or for anyone fascinated by science (like me) is the Mobile Exploreum. This magnificent museum houses over 100 hands-on displays and interactive virtual reality games that teach kids of all ages about various aspects of science and are very entertaining. A larger than life IMAX theater is onsite also. They frequently have traveling exhibits and special activities so check out their website.
As you might imagine, since Mobile is a large city, there are quite a number of museums located here. The Museum of Mobile is one of the main ones. The Museum of Mobile is located in a building that was built in 1857 and housed the Southern Market and the Old City Hall. It has a variety of nice displays depicting the history of the area. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. If you have a large family, there is a special family pass for $20. Admission is free for kids under 6.
The Christ Church (Episcopal) was established in 1823 and is the oldest Episcopal congregation in Mobile and the state of Alabama. The cornerstone was laid in 1835 and the building was completed in 1842 by Bishop Leonidas Polk, the Bishop of Louisiana and Alabama. Polk also served as a general in the Confederate Artillery Corps. The impressive rectory for the church was built in 1900 and is located just behind it. The church is open 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. Located at the corner of Church and St Emanuel Streets.
Another beautiful and impressive church is the Government Street United Methodist Church founded in 1826. I really liked all the intricate detail work around the doors. Located a few blocks from the Admiral Semmes House just West of Broad Street.
The Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception has a long history and has been added on to several times over the years. It is a beautiful and very impressive church. The parish was established in 1703 by John-Baptiste de la Croix the Bishop of Quebec while Mobile was the capitol of the Louisiana Territory. This is the oldest congregation of any denomination in Alabama and the Mississippi Valley. The building was constructed from 1835 to 1850. A crypt for deceased bishops is located here. I was here on Good Friday so it was very crowded. Open daily 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
The Oakleigh District, where the plantation was located, quickly became one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Mobile. A number of the houses near the plantation are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is well worth a little time to drive or walk through the district and look at these interesting houses.
There is another building onsite at Oakleigh which houses a large collection of archives with documents and photographs for more extensive research. Photography is not allowed indoors. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM daily.
The Cox Deasy Cottage is a fine example of a Gulf Coast cottage typical for a middle class family in the 1850s. It is another of the museums in the Oakleigh Museum Complex and is included in the ticket price for the Oakleigh Plantation Tour. Photography is not allowed indoors. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM daily.
Oakleigh is one of the oldest and best early examples of a period house in Mobile. It was built in 1833 by James Roper, and was named for the magnificent oaks surrounding it. It was designed using the Greek Revival style of architecture but it has a few unique qualities. Most Greek Revival homes are symmetrical; but Oakleigh has the door on the right side. The circular staircase leading to the living floor is also unique. When Oakleigh was built, the lower floor was not enclosed but was open to promote airflow which helped keep the home cooler in the hot and humid Alabama summers. Distinguished visitors like President James Garfield were entertained here. Oakleigh is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the home is open as a museum and houses a nice collection of period furnishings and antiques. Knowledgeable docents will lead you on tours of the home and the Cox Deasy Cottage next door. My docent, Amy was very knowledgeable and looked great in her costume. Sweet lady. Photography is not allowed indoors. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM daily.
This house was built in 1833 for Michael Portier the first bishop for Mobile. Four more bishops lived here until the official residence of the bishops was moved to the Ketchum House closer to the cathedral. Abram J. Ryan, the "Poet Priest of the South" lived here from 1870 to 1877. The Portier House is on the National Register of Historic Places.