Mobile Carnival Museum

355 Government Street


The Mobile Carnival Museum opened in 2005 to rave reviews. The concept of a museum totally dedicated to Mardi Gras had been a goal of numerous native Mobilians for years. When the opportunity to lease the historic Bernstein-Bush house became available, the Mobile Carnival Association took the lead in securing the building lease and acquiring important and appropriate memorabilia and props. MCA coordinated a volunteer effort of historians, artists, lawyers, businessmen, architects, contractors, and seamstresses- just to name a few - who all gave of their time and talents to get the museum established. Families of monarchs donated royal robes, crowns and scepters. Members of local mystic organizations donated emblem costumes, favors, doubloons and such. The accumulation is beautifully displayed throughout the museum.

The museum offers 14 gallery rooms, a pictorial hallway, theater, den (social gathering area) and gift shop. In addition, the home is registered as a historic building and affords visitors the opportunity to enjoy detailed crown molding, pine floors and exquisite chandeliers


Richard Larson

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

This place was pretty cool. Lots of history and crazy costumes! Great for class field trips or just to take a day away from the rest of the city. Guided tours are available in addition to the ability to explore this giant house all on your own. Don't miss the Striker goat!

Alex Dragic

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Way better than I was expecting. The guided tour is really what makes it special with some context on what exactly you are looking at. Worth a trip.

Christian Grand

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Wonderful place! Way bigger and more interesting than I expected. The tour guide, Craig, was amazing. Enthusiastic, funny, and knowledgeable.

Wayne Sirmon

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Find the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile all under one roof. Fun place for a party. Great place for a bit of history.

Chloé Gambert

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

This is a really big museum just about Queens & Kings of Mardi Gras. For $5 you have a good guide to enjoy your visit. My English is not very good so I did’´t understand everything but my eyes were very happy to see so many colors and strass! Mardi Gras in Mobile is totally different from New Orleans, less music more glitter.