Gulf Shores Museum

Gulf Shores-Orange Beach, Alabama

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Feb 29 ~ Mar 6
Discover the rich history and culture of Gulf Shores and the Alabama Gulf Coast at the beloved Gulf Shores Museum! Located in a historic home built before World War II, this museum is teeming with stories of the past, from the walls of the house itself, to the artifacts it stores inside.

Gulf Shores Museum Visitors Guide

The Gulf Shores Museum was once a beach house owned by a family from Mobile, Alabama, that dates back to the days before World War II. This building was donated to the city after Hurricane Frederic in 1979, and opened in 1999 to the public as the Gulf Shores Museum. Now, this historic home is full of interactive displays, maps, photos, artifacts, music, and so much more!

One of the main highlights of this museum is their incredible Hurricane Exhibit, which has unbelievable archived footage of Hurricane Ivan. Other popular exhibits include the “Portrait of a Fishing Village Exhibit,” and the “Drawing a Line in the Sand Exhibit,” which goes over the evolution of this coastal city and the people that inhabited it. This museum also has seasonal and rotating exhibits, which means each trip to the museum brings something new to the table!

Another fun feature of this marvelous museum, is that many parts of the museum itself are historic pieces donated by locals. For example, the Oyster Bay Baptist Church donated their steeple, which was built back in 1953! Nelson’s Boat Yard donated a 40-foot mast, which was built in 1940 and served on the Sea Biscuit Shrimp Boat, to be used as a flag display. Visitors to the Gulf Shores Museum will surely walk away with a deeper understanding of this charming coastal community, and its rich history and culture.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the museum handicap accessible?

Yes, the Gulf Shores Museum is handicap accessible, with ample parking nearby.

2. Is this a fun activity for children?

Absolutely, the Gulf Shores Museum combines learning and fun, making it an amazing activity for children of all ages. Little ones especially love the museum’s Hurricane Exhibit, which is not only informative, but includes an interactive display where viewers can experience what it’s like to fly through the eye of a hurricane!

3. Are there things to do nearby?

Absolutely, the Gulf Shores Museum is just minutes away from Gulf Shores Public Beach, which is the perfect place to soak up the sun and enjoy some wonderful water activities. The museum is also close to The Wharf, which is the place to be for shopping, dining, and entertainment along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Other popular nearby attractions include Waterville USA, Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf, helicopter tours, and so much more!

4. Are there dining options nearby?

Definitely! Its close proximity to both The Wharf, and the area’s beautiful beaches, means tons of dining options. Popular nearby restaurants include LuLu’s Gulf Shores, The Hangout, and Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores!


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