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GulfQuest Maritime Museum has a new exhibit, still low attendance

(image: WPMI) The city reports that between March 2017 to August 2017 nearly 19,880 people attended the museum.

A crew of men worked quickly Wednesday afternoon carefully placing fossils and artifacts throughout the GulfQuest Maritime Museum in downtown Mobile. The display of ancient sea creatures is one of the latest attempts to improve attendance at the museum.

“These are the skeletons of animals that lived around here about 80 million years ago,” said Mike Triebold, the curator.

While there weren’t a lot of visitors at the museum Wednesday afternoon, the building was a major topic of discussion during the Mobile City Council meeting this week. The city’s budget proposal includes giving the GulfQuest Maritime Museum $1 million to pay employees and help with utilities. Mobile City Council Member Levon Manzie thinks it’s too much money.

“When GulfQuest was envisioned, it was not envisioned for the city to be sinking an additional million dollars into it,” Manzie said, “we tried, it isn’t working, it isn’t driving people here”.

The city reports that between March 2017 to August 2017 nearly 19,880 people attended the museum. These numbers are still low even after the museum cut back on hours of operation and reduced ticket prices.

“Savage Ancient Seas” is a traveling exhibit that features 50 prehistoric marine fossils. It runs Saturday until April and it another attempt to bring in a crowd.

“It’s all part of learning what interests you and what inspires you for the future,” Triebold said.

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