Looking for some interesting museums near Gulf Shores, Alabama to take the entire family? There are a variety of great places that will interest history buffs of all ages. One of these is the Gulf Shores Museum. This historic house dates back to the days before World War II. It includes a history of the region as well as some unique exhibits for perusing during your stay at one of our Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals properties. Explore the interior of this old home and discover the area's rich past while learning something new along the way!
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History of the Gulf Shores Museum
The Gulf Shores Museum was originally a beach house, owned by Valerie Cole's family from Mobile, AL. It was located on West Beach and served as a family home for many years. Following Hurricane Frederic in 1979, the home was donated to the city. It was then utilized in 1982, first as the library and then as a local youth center. The home was moved from its location on West Beach to a donated plot of land on W. 19th Ave. Along with land, other unique donations were given. These include a church steeple from Oyster Bay Baptist Church for the garden and a 40-foot boat mast for a flag display. The latter, donated by Walter and Jimmy Nelson of Nelson's Boat Yard, was built in 1940 of southern pine. It served on the Sea Biscuit Shrimp Boat, which was the winner for best-decorated boat during the very first Shrimp Festival back in 1971.
Discover a Piece of Local History, Including the Hurricane Exhibit
Though it is small, the Gulf Shores Museum is packed full of information about the town. Read a short history of Gulf Shores and browse artifacts depicting the longer history of the region. The highlight of the Gulf Shores Museum is the incredible Hurricane Exhibit. There is an archived video of Hurricane Ivan, depicting the raw force of nature, as well as a hurricane map. Let the kids wander through the interactive exhibits while you learn alongside them. It doesn't take long to browse, so this is a great thing to plan for an early morning outing before hitting the beach. And the best part is that the admission is free!
Make Our Place Your Vacation Beach House
After touring the historic West Beach beach house of the Gulf Shores Museum, make more memories with family in your own beach house! When you rent Our Place, you'll discover a sweet retreat nestled in the dunes of West Beach. This is a fantastic place to relax, just minutes from restaurants, shops, and attractions. The traditional beach cottage features four bedrooms, two baths, a beachfront sunroom, and beautiful views of the Gulf. It's time to start planning your family vacation; then, it'll be time to make unforgettable memories in Gulf Shores!