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Explore Mobile's GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

Not far from our University of South Alabama housing is a museum unlike any other. We're talking about the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, and it tells the story of the Gulf Coast's rich maritime history. It offers much to see and do, and with theaters, simulators, and 90 exhibits, you'll never be bored. Here is some of what you can discover during your visit:

Discovery Hull Theater 

Step inside the Discovery Hull Theater, where a fascinating film called "Port of Victory" brings to life the Port of Mobile during World War II. Packed full of information, it features lighting and fog effects and focuses on the shipping and shipbuilding industries, which helped sustain the country during wartime. 

El Cazador 

Board a pretend glass-bottom boat to "witness the amazing shipwreck of El Cazador." Often called the shipwreck that changed history, the El Cazador sank while carrying silver Spanish coins to Spain's struggling Louisiana colony. Some historians believe that Spain might not have returned the territory to France if the ship had made it to New Orleans. With that act, the United States was able to purchase it from the French in 1803. Nearly 200 years later, The El Cazador was discovered when the crew of a butterfish trawler found the ship's coins in their net. 

Guided Tours 

To enhance your experience, visit with friends and enjoy a guided look at the museum. The knowledgeable guides will tailor the experience to meet your needs. The tours cost eight dollars, and the minimum is twelve people. They must be booked in advance. 

The museum is currently open Wednesday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. After exploring, stop by a pizzeria to enjoy a few slices. To become a resident of Traditions at South, please contact us. We will gladly show you everything our apartments near the University of South Alabama have to offer. 

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