GulfQuest Maritime Museum closing due to low attendance

Gulfquest Maritime Museum (Photo courtesy: WKRG)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ A little over a year after celebrating its opening in Mobile, the GulfQuest Maritime Museum is closing to the public on Monday.

The Mayor’s Office said Friday the city has reached a deal to take on the museum’s financial woes after attendance figures were far lower than expected. Going forward, GulfQuest will only open on a limited basis, specifically for private and special events like field trips, including those already scheduled.

WKRG-TV ( ) reports the general public will not be able to purchase a ticket to the museum after Sunday.

The museum opened last year on Sept. 26 with immeasurable hype and expectations of becoming a premiere tourist attraction after a lengthy construction process and unveiling. The project cost $62 million.