Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center of Mobile,AL


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Download the Field Trip Guide here: FieldTripGuide2016-17-Web

Contacting the Exploreum
Three easy ways to contact us:

Please have the following information ready when you contact us:

  • Two dates and times that you would like to visit
  • The exhibits, films, and activities you would like to experience
  • The total number of students and chaperones participating in the field trip


What to expect from the Exploreum
Our School Group Coordinators will do their best to accommodate your group’s needs as closely as possible. After you contact us to reserve your field trip, you will receive:

  • A confirmation form and number stating the date, times, schedule (subject to change), and cost of your field trip
  • A teacher and chaperone guide to the Exploreum
  • The resources you have requested

If you have not received this information two weeks in advance of your field trip, please contact us immediately to ensure that your reservation is confirmed.

What the Exploreum requests of you
In final preparation for your trip, we ask that you:

  • Call to inform us of any changes to the total numbers of students and chaperones up to 24 hours before your trip
  • Review the teacher and chaperone guide to the Exploreum
  • Prepare your students for the field trip
  • Prepare your chaperones to fulfill their duties
  • Prepare one check, drafted on a school account, for payment upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

  • No charge if you notify us in writing more than 14 days before the scheduled visit
  • 50% charge if cancelled within 14 days of the visit
  • 100% charge if cancelled within 7 days of the visit
  • If you cancel your visit but reschedule for the same school year, no cancellation fee is charged





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Prices are valid for school group visits that are paid for by check drawn on a school account or by credit card registered to a school. If another form of payment is used (e.g. personal credit card, check, or individual student or chaperone payment at the box office), the Exploreum is required by the State of Alabama to charge admissions tax on the purchase.

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Suggested Chaperones
The Exploreum suggests the following chaperone to student ratios:

  • Pre-school: 1 chaperone for every 3 students
  • Grades K-2: 1 chaperone for every 5 students
  • Grades 3-12: 1 chaperone for every 10 students


Home School Groups

Groups of 14 or more: Rules for school groups apply in regard to chaperone/student ratio; rates must include tax unless drawn on a school account.

Groups less than 14: Must show ID or proof of home schooling (i.e. membership in Mobile Home School Association); normal school rates apply for children (plus tax); no free admission for any adults (chaperones or teachers).

IMAX Theater Seating
The IMAX Theater staff will be responsible for seating during all school shows. Due to the limited number of seats, only the number of people on your reservation are guaranteed a seat. All others are subject to availability. Due to strict scheduling concerns, all IMAX Films must start on time and cannot be held. Please be prompt.


Gift Shops
Plan extra time for shopping during your field trip. Our gift shops feature educational and fun books, toys, science experiments and souvenirs. Click here to get a peek at all of the great selections available in the gift shop.




Drugs: Costs and Consequences

Opening February 3, 2017

Field Trips, School Groups, Civic Groups, Church Groups, and others are encouraged to book ASAP as spots are filling up fast. To do so, please call Monica Dunklin at 251-208-6880 or email at


Mobile County

PCI (Poarch Creek Indians)

Providence Hospital/Ascension

Alta Pointe Heath Systems

Trustmark Bank

Eichold Family Foundation Fund

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

DEA Educational Foundation

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Department of Health and Human Services – USA

 Regions Bank

Media Partners:

WKRG News 5


iHeart Radio

If you are interested in sponsoring this exhibit please download our DEA Sponsor Guide or contact John Goodroe, Director of Development, at or at 251-208-6885.


Most Americans are unaware of the tremendous costs associated with the production, sale and use of illegal drugs. The costs to society—estimated at more than $200 billion a year—are borne by all of us in some way. Despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans are not drug users, we pay for users’ loss productivity, their health care, criminal justice costs, child welfare costs, and the impact their drug use has on their own health and safety. This exhibit is designed to open eyes to the science behind illegal drug addiction and the myriad costs of illegal drugs—to individuals, American society and the world—and to provide food for thought on how each and every one of us can make a difference.


Drugs: Costs and Consequences is an exhibit from the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum that began a national tour in 2002. With newly expanded content and a section specific to Alabama, the exhibit presents both a global and historical overview of the many costs and consequences of drugs on society.


Drugs: Costs and Consequences begins with an introductory area, then explores the opium and heroin connections in Afghanistan and looks at the global impact of drugs. The exhibit moves to an in-depth look at drug production and trafficking and then presents an overview of the science of addiction and some of the tragic costs and consequences of drugs on society—costs to the environment, costs to the body and brain, costs to communities, costs to health, and costs to children.


About the Exhibit

The exhibit highlights the nation’s current battle with the recent emergence of heroin use mixed with fentanyl, the epidemic in the use of designer synthetic drugs, and prescription drug abuse. Visitors will learn about the costs and consequences these drugs pose to so many families and communities in the state of Alabama and across the nation. There is a section that looks at prevention, treatment, and law enforcement issues and the current neuroscience research aimed at understanding and breaking the cycle of drug abuse and addiction. Visitors will be able to explore many interactive kiosks and stop by the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center for take home educational literature and other resources.


Drugs: Costs and Consequences was developed in partnership with: The DEA Educational Foundation, The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, The Office of National Drug Control Policy, and The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Drugs: Costs and Consequences will be presented exclusively in Mobile, Alabama at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center from January 2017 through August 2017. For more information on the Gulf Coast Science Center’s hours of operations, please contact them at (251) 208-6893.