Help save Mobile’s history for future generations by Adopting An Artifact!

The History Museum of Mobile boasts a collection of over 100,000 artifacts that represent the long and diverse history of Mobile. Close to 75% of these artifacts are in desperate need of conservation and are in danger of being lost forever. Help preserve our city’s history by “adopting” an artifact!

Delight a friend or loved one by adopting an artifact in his or her honor or show your pride in Mobile’s history by adopting one for yourself. Funds raised by the “Adopt An Artifact” program will go to support the ongoing treatment and preventative care for the museum’s collections.

Levels of Support


• Certificate of Adoption with your artifact’s photo and story
• Behind the Scenes Tour of the Museum
• Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law


• Benefits as above
• One-year individual membership


• Benefits as previous
• One-year family membership


• Benefits as above
• Recognition in the Museum’s newsletter
• Special Gift from the Museum Store


• Benefits as above
• Lunch with the Museum Director

Questions or comments? Contact Nick Beeson , Curator of Collections at 251-301-0272  or

Artifacts Available for Adoption


Antique Toy Car

Before remote controlled cars came into fashion in the 1970s, push button toy cars like this one were a popular children’s toy.


Father Ryan’s Chair

Father Abraham Ryan, “poet-priest of the South,” served as the unofficial chaplain of the Confederacy. He made his home in Mobile after the Civil War.


1940 Fire Truck

This 1940 fire truck is the only motorized vehicle in the museum’s collection. Visit the Phoenix Fire Museum to see hand-drawn, horse-drawn, and steam powered fire engines!


William Weatherford’s Violin

William Weatherford, or Red Eagle, led the Red Stick offensive at Fort Mims, the first major action of the Creek War of 1813-1814.


Antonio Lang Jersey

After being recruited by Duke from LeFlore High School, Antonio Lang was a pivotal player for the Blue Devil’s NCAA Championship teams in 1991 and 1992.


1920s Mardi Gras tiara

This 1920s tiara is one of the oldest pieces of Mardi Gras jewelry in the museum’s collection


Lil Greenwood’s Stereo

Jazz singer Lil Greenwood spent years performing with Duke Ellington before returning home to Mobile in the 1970s.


Stained Glass Window

This stained glass window came from Broad St. United Methodist Church, which was damaged during Hurricane Frederic in 1979.


Pirate Pistol

Legend has it that this 18th century flintlock pistol made its way from Spain to Mobile in the company of pirates.

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