The wetlands, culture and streets of Havana are alive within Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center's newest exhibit, ¡CUBA! This showcase of Cuban culture not only immerses visitors through delicate props and live reptiles but also seamlessly weaves together science, diversity, and history. 


At the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, curiosity knows no bounds. Located in downtown Mobile, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is a treasure chest of discovery for inquisitive minds of all ages. With hands-on exhibits, interactive displays and exciting demonstrations, the Exploreum has been a long-time favorite among locals and tourists alike. One of the most fascinating aspects of the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is its engaging traveling exhibits. Last month, the ¡CUBA! exhibit, organized by the American Museum of Natural History, has traveled around the country and finally landed in Mobile. 


As guests wander through the exhibit, they can expect to be greeted by the vivid colors, rhythms and the sounds of wildlife that define Cuba. From a life-sized replica of a classic Cuban street to interactive displays showcasing the island's diverse ecosystems, this exhibit is a glimpse into life on the island. One of the most engaging segments of the exhibit features cigar rolling equipment, a detailed history of the tobacco industry and the role of Cuban cigars in popular culture. Don't miss the chance to learn about the different industries, pastimes, cuisine and religions that add to Cuba's cultural legacy. In addition to being immersed in the caves and markets of the exhibit, guests will also have the opportunity to catch a vivid look into Cuban history, culture and more on the dome theater through the short film, Cuba. 


Since Mobile and Havana are sister cities, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is the last stop on the ¡CUBA! exhibit's tour is profoundly significant. Mobile and Cuba’s relationship began in the 1700s when Pierre Le Moyne D’Iberville, one of the Port City’s founders, established trade routes across the Gulf of Mexico. D'Iberville’s statue stands in Cooper Riverside Park, gazing at a duplicate statue 600 miles away in Havana. 


Whether you're a science enthusiast, a history buff, or simply someone seeking a good time, this exhibit offers an enriching escape into the heart and soul of Cuba. The ¡CUBA! exhibit will be on display until July 27, 2024.

Reptiles at Cuba Exhibit Tobacco Equipment at Cuba Exhibit

Flamingo at Cuba Exhibit Posters at Cuba Exhibit