Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is a Roman Catholic landmark and an architectural masterpiece in Mobile. It was designed in 1833 by architect Claude Beroujon and exemplifies the Greek Revival style. Explore the cathedral to discover Doric order columns, ornate ceilings, a massive portico and church towers. The highlight is its stained-glass windows depicting Mary and Jesus's insignificant events from the Holy Bible. This building is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
The battleship USS Alabama is a war veteran of World War II. It survived 37 months of the war without any major casualties. Today, it serves as a war memorial. Open on all days except Christmas, the ship is a National Historic Landmark. You can take a self-guided tour inside the crew's quarters and engine rooms. All in all, the battleship is a novel way to relive the bravery of the soldiers of World War II.
GulfQuest is a pioneering maritime museum in the nation dedicated solely to the Gulf of Mexico. It boasts a strategic coastal location in Mobile Landing with a unique and apt ship-shaped architecture. The gulfs significant importance to the history, economy and culture of North America is exhibited in interactive displays, temporary exhibitions and visiting vessels. Some of the topics covered include marine life, trade navigation, shipwrecks and underwater archeology.
This stunning 19th Century Greek Revival mansion is one of the most magnificent buildings in the city. The mansion was built by Judge John Bragg and sits in a picturesque garden. It is now a museum where you can see original period furniture and other antiques. Because of the stunning features and the well-preserved details of the building, it's a popular venue for private events and weddings.
Built-in 1857, the Southern Market/Old City Hall evolved to become the Museum of Mobile. Visit to observe the fine architecture and learn about this city’s rich history. Besides its vast collection of artifacts, what makes History Museum of Mobile unique is that it still continues to be the meeting place for the City Council - which has been their practice since 1858. The museum also offers a host of changing exhibition galleries, a practical Discovery Room, and a museum store.
Enjoying panoramic views of the lake from its location in Langan Park is the Mobile Museum of Art. At 95,000 square feet (8825 square meters), there's a lot to see at this museum. Take a stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden or head inside to see rotating art exhibits. It also serves as a beautiful venue for private events, including weddings.
Dating back to the 1820s, Bienville Square has been an integral part of Mobile's history. In 1824, the United State Congress reserved a plot specifically to be used as a city park, and over time the entire block was acquired. This sprawling park has hosted a speech by President Theodore Roosevelt and during World War II the union and laborers of Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company held their meetings here. Currently, Bienville Square hosts a variety of events like Kids Day, Bayfest Music Festival and Jazz in Bienville and is a popular recreational site.
Done up in an elaborate Italianate style of architecture, the Richards DAR House was built in 1860 for Captain Charles Richards and his wife. The pretty house continues to be a landmark in the community, as it has been since its establishment. A contributing building to the De Tonti Square Historic District, the mansion was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Apart from the gorgeous exteriors and ornately decorated interiors, the house is also famous for wildfire stories about a laughing child-ghost.
Pecan pies, salted and roasted pecan halves, milk chocolates and sultry cakes are some of the delicacies that now define The Temple Downtown better. However, its not just about the fare—weddings, receptions, conventions, parties and all kinds of family gatherings find a good choice in The Temple.
Open since 1999, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center shows contemporary artwork and leads educational programs on the arts for kids, teens, and adults. You can visit the museum to see works by the likes of Mario Ybarra Jr., Tom Leeser, and Henry Schroy. With events and ongoing classes like the pre-k studio, Make Your Own Billboard, and the Free Summer Film Series, this museum has become an important part of the arts community in Mobile.
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is the fun way to learn about science, through various interactive exhibits and films. Children can learn about electricity and magnetism, get acquainted with the animal world as they get to 'scoop sea animals' and learn about the human body. The museum also provides group tours.