the museum of mobile is an excellent place to visit to learn about the history and culture of south alabama and mobile. the museum is located in the historic 1857 city hall. the museum has exhibits on the original native americans of the region, the french, spanish, and english periods, and early america and the confederacy. the museum of mobile also hosts traveling exhibitions from other museums from around the world.
My Dad and Stepmother have given a large part of their art glass collection to the Mobile Museum and they have it displayed inside very nicely. I am sure they have moved stuff around since the opening of the exhibit, so look around for it, if you like art glass from around the world.
I wish I could remember where in Mobile this was, but it's the only time capsule I have ever seen in person, ergo the pic.....The plaque says "Sealed during Celebration of American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976-----To Be Opened July 4, 2026"
We were there at Christmas and the evil Stepmother wanted to see the lights, so we went out---they had a special tent set up with food and drink for us (This was by the auspices of the Mobile Museum) and the lights were pretty special. Got off a few shots of the lights at night.....
I am not a big Military lover (an old hippy from the 70's!) but when we visited Mobile, Dad and the Stepmother wanted to see this so we went....Lots of Military info and lots of big guns. Kids would probably love this park.
"Bellingrath Gardens and Home was the creation of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bellingrath. The Gardens first opened to the public in 1932 while a national garden club meeting was taking place in Mobile. Mr. Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile paper, announcing that anyone who would like to see the spring garden could do so free of charge. After an overwhelming response, the couple decided to keep the gardens open year-round, beginning in 1934.
Throughout the year, this 65 acre Garden Estate is in full bloom with camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and Magic Christmas in Lights during the holiday season."
I visited this place due to its entry in 1000 Things To See Before You Die: USA Edition. I went in second week of June around noon and it was MEGA hot. I had a bottle of water and still wasn't able to stay hydrated.
The gardens are beautiful. The roses were amazing and I found myself photographing many of them. If you just go to see the gardens then it won't take quite as long, maybe two hours. But, there are also a home and boating tour so it could be an all-day event.
There is a self-guided tour of the gardens with plenty of information on it. There is plenty of parking and a helpful staff. At the end of the visit there is a gift shop and cafe if you're hungry. If you're anything like me, I was dying for a drink.
It's a lovely place to visit, just beware of the heat in summer!!
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is open year-round from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
During Magic Christmas in Lights, the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, the Gardens extend operating hours until 9 p.m.
The Gardens are closed December 25th, Christmas Day.
christ church episcopal was founded in 1823. the present day building dates back to 1842. christ church was built on the orders of leonidas polk the episcopal bishop of alabama and louisiana. leonidas polk was an interesting character in u.s. history. polk was originally a plantation owner in tennessee and was a cousin of president james k. polk. while as the bishop of alabama and louisiana he became friends with jefferson davis. when the civil war broke out he was given the commission of general of artillery for the confederacy by president davis. during the war years he was known as the "fighting bishop". polk was killed in action in 1864 at the seige of atlanta.
the guesnard house was built in 1859 for theodore guesnard a prominent mobile jeweler. this beautiful brick home is just one of a number of historic homes in downtown mobile. today the guesnard house is owned by the presbyterian church and is not open to the public.
the mobile mardi gras museum is located in the historic bernstein-bush house on government street in downtown mobile. this interesting museum is part of the museum of mobile. the mobile mardi gras celebration began in 1711 which was the same year that the town of mobile was established. the museum covers this celebration from 1711 to the present day. a very interesting museum to visit to learn about this southern custom.
the cathedral of the emmaculate conception is mobile's catholic cathedral. the constuction of the building you see today was ordered by bishop michael portier in 1829. the cathedral was designed by claude beroujin and was completed in 1850. the interior of the cathedral has a collection of beautiful stained glass windows that were imported from munich germany. a very beautiful building to visit when in downtown mobile.
dauphin street runs east and west through the center of downtown mobile. dauphin street is nicknamed mobile's "bourbon street" because of the architecture of the buildings that line the street and it's numerous bars. a fun part of town to visit for it's vibrant nightlife.
the portier house was built in 1833 and was home to michael portier who was the bishop of mobile. portier lived in this house from 1834 to 1859. the portier home is listed on the national register of historic places. the portier house is one of a number of historic homes and buildings in downtown mobile.
bienville square is a very nice public park located in the heart of downtown mobile. this park has hundred year old oak trees covered with spanish moss. bienville square hosts as number of cultural events during the year. during my visit to mobile there was a jazz and blues event at the square.
the fort conde museum and visitor center is a good first stop when in downtown mobile. here you can learn about this interesting fort and get information about the other attractions of mobile. admission is free.
the original fort at this location was built out of wood by the french in 1711. in 1723 the french rebuilt the fort out of brick to protect mobile from british and spanish attack. mobile was taken over by the british in 1763 and the fort was renamed fort charlotte. in 1780 mobile was taken over by the spanish and the fort was renamed fort carlota. when the united states took over mobile in 1813 the fort's name returned to fort charlotte. for those interested in history and architecture fort conde is a very interesting place to visit in downtown mobile. admission is free.