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Barrett L
Gulf Shores, AL560 bidrag
An excellent & charming must see
des. 2020 • Par
This is the coolest and very charming homegrown little museum I've ever had the pleasure of visiting and the fact that it's right here in my neighborhood rocks! We love stopping in to see what's new and they do get new items and exhibits loaned to them that keeps it fresh. Our visit yesterday was to support their open house that included some very nice refreshments. Besides some delish coffee, tea & excellent punch there was chic salad sandwiches, fresh fruit, veggies with dip and delicious cup cakes. Why am I reviewing food? Well I can't help myself LOL

Okay before I talk about what's inside let's look at how it all came to be. Located at 244 W. 19th Ave. in Gulf Shores, AL the building has an interesting history. It was originally a beach house for the Mobile family of Valorie Cole dating back to before World War II. It was always here on 19th street, in fact, it was located on West Beach, and was donated to the city following Hurricane Frederic in 1979. The building has been in use by the city since 1982, first as the library, then as the youth center. It's kinda like the little building that could :-) The land was generously donated by Claude O’Connor, and Wade and Pat Ward. Also Oyster Bay Baptist Church donated their steeple in 1999 to watch over the garden which has dedicated benches and is quite zen-like. Out front is another donated item, a 40-foot mast donated by Walter Nelson and Jimmy Nelson of Nelson’s Boat Yard that's used as a flag display. The mast was built in 1940 and was on a local shrimp boat the Sea Biscuit. They have done a great job making this place into a comfortable, warm and invitingly charming experience for the whole family.

There's a couple rooms that really tell the story of Gulf Shores with some interactive displays, maps, photos and artifacts. A music section, a room dedicated to hurricanes, complete with a movie, and really a whole lot more. If you haven't checked it out when visiting or if you're a local you'll be glad you did once you see all they offer.

Christie Shannon is the museum administrator and is VERY knowledgeable about everything inside and out of her charges and she's friendly, articulate and just a terrific representative of what I now refer to as "my little museum". She has always welcomed us and walks us through what's new and up and coming stuff as well.

I know I keep using the term "little" but that's because I've made many visits to the many Smithsonian's in DC, and museums in Boston, Chicago & L.A. just to name a few and of course this one is in someone's former beach house, so relatively it is little. But they make use of every square inch and it's bigger inside than it looks.

Bottom line: I highly recommend this great local museum. Explore new and permanent exhibits as well as seasonal programs and events. Admission is free to the public. 
Skrevet 4. desember 2020
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Fifi
Belgia12 bidrag
Wonderful gulf
aug. 2020
We came only once and we really liked it, a bit difficult for us because we are beginners, the greens are beautiful and very well maintained
Skrevet 24. september 2020
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dalesprout
Hartville, OH3 bidrag
Welcome Center
feb. 2020
Stopped in for local information, ie.(restaurants, places of interest, hotels). Warmly greeted and was given beads and wrist bands for our grandchildren. Lots of info available
Skrevet 7. mars 2020
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Sue M
Sentral-Florida, FL86 bidrag
Very interesting
sep. 2019
Since I was born in Mobile AL and sepnt every summer swimming at either Gulf Shores or Fairhope, many of the items and stories were familiar to me. There was intersting info and photos about the past Hurricanes. There were items and stories about floundering and soft shell crabbing that I remember doing as a kid. It's free and definitely worth a visit.
Skrevet 2. november 2019
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amab222
4 bidrag
Worst museum visit I have ever had.
jul. 2019 • Familie
The women working here was one of the rudest people I have ever met. She was rude the very second we walked in. Our main purpose was to see the butterfly garden, so we spent maybe two minutes inside the museum being grilled with personal questions, then we went outside to see the "butterfly garden". There are no butterflies and the garden needs a ton of work. We were not pleased at all and we left shortly after. It was a very bad experience and we left upset and disappointed. Just go to the beach because although it's free it is not worth having your privacy invaded and feeling uncomfortable.
Skrevet 30. juli 2019
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Aly B
1 bidrag
Butterfly Museum of Gulf Shores
jul. 2019 • Familie
From the moment we walked in, the woman working was extremely rude. Then, after asking extremely personal questions, we finally got to look through everything. Five minutes later, we had finished looking through the ENTIRE house. We didn’t worry that much about the inside being so small, since we mainly came for the butterfly house, so we just went outside and looked at the garden. We did not see 1 butterfly and the garden was in terrible condition. I would not recommend this place to anyone. If your nearby, there is a beach 10 minutes away, and I would suggest to go to that instead.
Skrevet 30. juli 2019
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lilyann04
1 bidrag
The Butterfly Museum of Gulf Shores
jul. 2019 • Familie
We came to this Museum for the butterfly garden and as we walked in the women that was working there was being very rude and personal. She was very nosy and in our business, which she had no business being involved in. When we were asking her questions she was very short ended and then come to find out the garden isn’t even worth it.
Skrevet 30. juli 2019
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Aimee B
1 bidrag
Horrible.
jul. 2019 • Familie
The lady that was showing us around was very nosy. And was very rude and disrespectful. She was asking personal questions that didn’t involve her, it was none of her business.
Skrevet 30. juli 2019
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Amy B
Harvest, AL79 bidrag
If I could give a zero star.... I would.
jul. 2019 • Familie
The only employee was extremely blunt and rude. We specifically came to this place for the “butterfly garden”. Please know that this is NOT a butterfly garden. It is an overgrown, outdoor seating area with an extremely rude and invasive receptionist.
Skrevet 30. juli 2019
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SWVATRIPPERS
19 bidrag
Great museum!
mai 2019 • Familie
This was a great little museum to visit! It was very kid friendly. The displays were entertaining and imformative. Our 2 year old grand-daughter went through it twice. She really liked the many different snakes etc.The lady that was working at the museum was very personable and knowledgeable.
Skrevet 24. mai 2019
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