GulfQuest - National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

GulfQuest - National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

GulfQuest - National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico
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2paradise
St. Paul, Minnesota147 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
juil. 2024 • En couple
Very reasonably priced museum about all things maritime. We spent 3 hours interacting with exhibits. Absolutely loved this museum and spent the drive home talking about it. Children may get bored if parents don’t help with exhibit interaction, although I saw a fun area for them on about level 2.
Écrit le 16 juillet 2024
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Angellaura67
Philipsburg, Pennsylvanie25 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
juin 2024 • En couple
My husband and I visited the Maritime Museum today and we can't wait to return! It's very reasonably priced and will entertain anyone for hours.
There are multiple levels accessible by elevator, stairs or ramps. The restrooms are well marked throughout the museum.
We were glad we ate breakfast before arriving because by the time we left after 3 hours we were ready for lunch! I did see a few vending machines off the lobby if needed.
The museum is very hands-on and it's amazing how much you can learn regardless of age. Try to attend one of the presentations at Ocean Planet located on level 2A. Shout out to Gabe for his fascinating presentation 👍
Go, enjoy, take your time, rest on one of the many benches throughout the museum. You won't be disappointed!!
Écrit le 26 juin 2024
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S R
Colorado City, CO12 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
avr. 2024 • En couple
Fantastic museum. So many hands on exhibits for ALL ages. Loved that it covered the whole Gulf -ecology, wildlife, industry, and shipping. I could imagine a family living spending hours here, we spent 3 hours and didn’t try all the exhibits 🤣
Écrit le 3 avril 2024
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Michael S
Newcastle, Canada53 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
févr. 2024 • En couple
The museum, while suited to a younger audience, had plenty of information and interactivity for adults as well. The obvious efforts to design the building around its maritime theme were quite remarkable.
The one person we spoke with, his title was educator, was professional and just a wealth of information.
Écrit le 22 février 2024
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Brendan S
Arlington, Virginie2 097 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
févr. 2024 • En solo
GulfQuest is a museum of all things related to traversing the sea. It is shaped like a huge container ship and has five levels, including a “bridge” with an observation deck overlooking Mobile. It’s a very interesting design and a carefully planned museum overall. A lot of reading about navigation, shipping routes and harbor operations would get boring, but everything is interactive at GulfQuest. There’s an exhibit where you can use a sextant to navigate by stars, a remote controlled tugboat, and a simulator allowing you to pilot ships through the harbor, among many others. The exhibits seem targeted a little towards children, but many are sophisticated and explain complicated technology and science. It’s a fun and informative museum and I would have liked to spend more time here as it would easily take 3+ hours to try everything.
Écrit le 19 février 2024
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MNDoodles
Stillwater, MN675 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
janv. 2024 • En couple
This was a totally fun and interactive museum. You’ll learn about shipwrecks, container shipping, maritime history, navigation and a ton of other topics, all explained in creative and engaging exhibits. My husband loved the ship simulator and was able to not crash the huge barge he ‘docked’. We spent several hours here, far longer than anticipated, because it was so fun. There’s also a great outdoor observation deck to watch all the action on Mobile Bay. The big gift shop has a good variety of items. A very high recommend on this museum, great for all ages.
Écrit le 1 février 2024
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Renee L
Bradenton, Floride25 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
déc. 2023 • En famille
I found this museum when looking g for activities for my family to do in Mobile. Especially with a boy who loves big boats. What a gem! Super friendly staff, TONS of fun things for the kids to do (including a dress-up area), and who wouldn’t want to drive a simulated cargo ship in the bay? I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Écrit le 10 janvier 2024
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KandKMaryland
Maryland26 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
oct. 2023 • En couple
great museum on the history of the Gulf cost and maritime. Really enjoyable for all ages. Learned a lot about all aspects of maritime history. Delivered in a very interesting and fun way.
Écrit le 4 novembre 2023
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retiredJB
Pensacola, Floride1 492 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
juin 2023
It is so nice to have GulfQuest open again. Had a wonderful experience enhanced by volunteers who provided additional information on the various opportunities you can have there. Allow at least a couple of hours. The experience with the large globe is something every age would enjoy.
Unfortunately, they currently have no food services, but they do have a lovely gift shop with books for adults and educational toys for children.
The people who work there (both paid and volunteer) love what they do. Post-Covid, I appreciate that even more.
Check the big windows along the water for the occasional passing of huge ships.
Écrit le 21 juin 2023
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Fred and Susan M
Hollywood, Floride159 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
mars 2023
Gulfquest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is dedicated to the history and culture of “America’s Seas.” It claims “its most unmistakable feature is the full-sized container ship that houses most of its exhibits.” Of course, it’s a replica.

The Museum commemorates the development of containerization in the early 20th century with 90 interactive exhibits, simulators and theatres. I skipped the 16-minute introductory film (probably a mistake) and headed right to the top floor to work my way down. I also skipped the area with global displays on atmospheric storms, climate change and ocean science. The place was too large to see it all and with limited time I pretty much rushed through.

Deck 5 began with sound signals that the bridge can make to convey information either to crew or other ships in the area. Controls in the bridge such as radio traffic, depth sensors and communication features were also explained. The “house flag” is the distinguishing flag of a shipping company. The Gulf of Mexico is home to seven of the 10 largest seaports in the U.S.

Long ramps connected the decks. Deck 3 was my next stop. Here were stories about Gulf shipwrecks, an historical timeline, weather signals, cargo handling, tools of the trade (e.g., ship’s bell, grindstones, chain, hooks, draught markers, axes, spikes, etc.) and much more, not just today but through 150+ years. A boatswain (pronounced bo-sun) kept the ship in good repair (maintenance of wood, sails, ropes, flags, anchors and lifeboats). A cooper was in charge of barrels and casks (for food, water and supplies). Gunners cleaned and maintained cannons, gunpowder and ammunition.

A special exhibit called “Spirits of the Passage” was excellent. Items and details from the wreck of an actual slave ship were on display. African leaders traded their enemies and captives for European goods, arms and luxuries. As many as 10% of captives revolted before leaving the continent. On board, iron shackles fastened slaves together, even children. Slavers typically carried 200 to 500 captives. Sketches showed the packed configuration of the slave ship hold. Slave cargo came from different African homelands. They were fed twice a day but dehydration, fevers and dysentery were common, as was water contamination. Accounts that exist suggest somewhere between 13% and 33% died during the voyage, to say nothing of crew who often succumbed to the same illnesses. From 1501 to 1867 an estimated 12.5 million people were shipped out as slaves mostly to North and South America. England and the U.S. banned their transport in 1807 and 1808 respectively but could not stop such a lucrative business. The illegal transport continued until the mid-1800’s.

Containerization transformed international shipping and advanced the global economy by minimizing cargo handling and shipping costs. In 1955 a trucking entrepreneur tested his idea of shipping cargo in large containers that could be moved fully loaded from land to sea and back again. In 1956 the first container ship made its maiden voyage from NY to Houston with 58 containers. Only two cranes were needed to empty the ship in just eight hours which was super-fast for the time. It reduced the cost of loading and discharging cargo from $5.83 per ton to only 15.8¢ per ton.

Dozens of sayings were posted along the Museum ramps that had originated at sea. They explained, for example, the origin of terms like:
• to ‘deep six’ something
• ‘first rate’
• ‘mind your p’s and q’s.’
• Port Out Starboard Home = 'POSH'
• ‘scuttlebutt’
• 'slush fund.’
This is the type of museum you want to return to, as there is so much to see and learn. It's great for kids too.
Écrit le 5 juin 2023
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