I had read about and seen the Alabama Battleship Memorial when I have driven by in the past. This time through Mobile we planned to stop and visit the site. The Memorial Park is located at 2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile, Alabama 36602.
The park is a large site. The Battleship Alabama is open for self-guided tours as is the submarine USS Drum. Both are veterans of WWII.
There are three tours on the Alabama. Two below deck and one above. The two below were well marked and easy to follow, though there were a couple of steep stairs. Many signs are posted to explain what you are seeing. The deck tour was more difficult to follow and leads up many stairs.
The Drum tour takes you through the forward torpedo room all the way through the ship and out the rear torpedo room. The entrance and exit is via a stairway instead of a ladder. The walk through the ship is fairly easy as long as you are not claustrophobic and can manage to step through the watertight doors.
On the grounds are a hanger with various aircraft and a gift shop. Outside can be found aircraft, military vehicles, and small ships on display. Exhibits cover a wide range of history. Among the larger displays are a B-52 and an SR-71. Some are currently undergoing restoration. I would have liked to spend more time looking at the outdoor exhibits, but the day we visited the Museum it was cold with a stiff breeze.
If you are in the Mobile area and have a few hours to spare (we were there at least 3 hours) this is a good place to visit.
If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest.
- The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 510 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
- The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
- The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.
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