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Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

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Address: 65 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602-3107
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The Gulf Coast

Exploreum Science Center

is a not-for-profit, mission-based,...

The Gulf Coast

Exploreum Science Center

is a not-for-profit, mission-based, science center that promotes science

learning through a variety of inquiry-based educational and entertaining

activities, including exhibits, IMAX films, demonstrations, workshops and

teacher professional development.

Located in

downtown Mobile, Exploreum visitors can experience more than 150 hands-on

science adventures in three permanent galleries: Hands On Hall, the Wharf


Wonder and My BodyWorks, the most advanced health exhibit in the nation.


Exploreum also features large-scale, family friendly, interactive

traveling exhibits,

year-round with broad science content and supplementary, themed educational

programming. Guests can also enjoy demonstrations or workshops in the

ChemLab, BioLab or new ExploreTEC lab and see a film in the J.L. Bedsole



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Good place for little ones.

I spend more than two hours wit a three year old here. There is plenty of things to do. Some quite new, some in need of attention and updating. Is a good location, and you can... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Alberto Z
Manhattan, Kansas
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

My 70-something-year-old wife and I entered this place thinking we were at a museum. They cheerfully took our money and even gave us the child rate when we commented that there wasn't a senior admittance fee listed. After seeing the first couple exhibits it became obvious to us that this place was intended to teach children some science concepts. They... More 

1 Thank Mike R
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Start on the bridge, where you can drive a boat or ship (what fun!) then work your way down all five decks, fill with hands-on displays, little vignettes, films, nostalgic, educational interactives. Much more here than I expected and I wish I'd alotted it more time

Thank Janet G
Jamestown, New York
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We have been going to the Exploreum once a year for the past several years as we vacation on the Gulf Coast & we enjoy the IMAX & the different exhibits. This year we saw "Wild Africa" & "Dinosaur's Alive". Both were excellent & we marveled at the beautiful photography, especially of the animals in Africa. It is well worth... More 

Thank June P
Manhattan, Kansas
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I spend more than two hours wit a three year old here. There is plenty of things to do. Some quite new, some in need of attention and updating. Is a good location, and you can park for free across the street towards the river.

Thank Alberto Z
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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162 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We spent about 3 hours and my kids (ages 12 and 10) really enjoyed it. The interactive exhibits were fun and interesting to them. The special exhibit about drugs and the effects on families was very interesting and eye-opening to my kids.

Thank ketah777
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111 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Went here on 12/27/16 and thought it might be packed with kids due to the holiday vacations, but it was not. It is mainly for children, but we did like the photos by Janet Macoska of rock stars. Noticed that there are areas where they can have demonstrations, but none were taking place when we were there and no signs... More 

Thank gulffloater
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit. Teen boys kind of resisted at first but ended up staying more than I hour. Walking distance to seasonal ice skating and historic downtown area

Thank Shauna S
Mobile, Alabama
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Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

I went to see a exhibit on Guitars with a couple of young Guitar students and their parents. We spent over an hour in the Guitar exhibit and then went to the other exhibits that are there all the time. We spent over four hours there with out realizing it. There is so much to see and do you can... More 

Thank Robert G
Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We were actually coming into town to go to the USS Alabama when I caught a glimpse of the billboard for the Exploreum on I-10. Easy to get to, easy, free parking, friendly and helpful staff, clean, and fun. No complaints. We didn't see the IMAX show so can't report on that. They did say that there are no commercial... More 

1 Thank Wayne C
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We spent an afternoon here with our kids. We all had a great time. There us something for everyone! Well worth it!

Thank Mike G

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