Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center of Mobile,AL

Bragg Mitchell Mansion

As one of the most photographed buildings in Mobile, Ala., The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion has become an architectural icon representing the Old South, an image that evokes a time of gracious living and socializing.

Built in 1855, this historic Greek-Italianate mansion is the unlikely “sister attraction” of the state-of-the-art, newly constructed Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center on 65 Government Street. However, each facility is owned, operated and maintained by the non-profit organization The Explore Center, Inc.


The Bragg Mitchell Mansion, located on Springhill Avenue, was generously donated to the Explore Center by the Mobile, A.S. Mitchell foundation in the late 1970s to be the home of an interactive science museum. Instead of adapting the home for this purpose and potentially destroying the historic integrity of the mansion, The Explore Center built the Exploreum Science Museum on the surrounding 12-acre site, nestled among the stately live oak trees. Later, in 1998, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center relocated to historic downtown Mobile on 65 Government Street.

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. After $3 million in renovations, the home was opened to the public in 1987 and now serves as the preferred location for community wedding receptions, corporate dinners and historic home tours.

Please visit to learn more about one of the Gulf Coast’s grandest antebellum mansions. To book your event, call (251) 471-6364.