GulfQuest Maritime Museum closing due to low attendance

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.