About Us


To inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to understand and appreciate the Gulf Coast's rich maritime heritage through exhibits, programs, and activities.


In the 1990s, Mobile and state leaders formed a non-profit organization to begin the demanding task of establishing a maritime museum that would serve as an educational resource for the region and the nation, a museum unlike any other in the world.

This museum would specialize in providing hands-on experiences that inspire visitors to understand and appreciate the maritime heritage of the Gulf of Mexico. There would be no permanent collection of artifacts – rather, historical artifacts and memorabilia would be displayed in a few areas and through temporary exhibits. The museum's permanent exhibits would provide interactive experiences by engaging visitors in hands-on activities

Construction officially began in January 2010 and continued through 2015. Installation of the museum's exhibits began in mid-2014 and was completed in summer 2015. On Saturday, September 26, 2015, GulfQuest celebrated its grand opening to the general public.

GulfQuest provides a whole new way for residents and visitors to explore the Gulf of Mexico.