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Museum of the Gulf Coast

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Address: 700 Procter, Port Arthur, TX 77640
Phone Number: +1 409-982-7000
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Description: The Museum of the Gulf Coast celebrates the biology, history, and unique...
The Museum of the Gulf Coast celebrates the biology, history, and unique culture of the southeastern Gulf Coast, covering the region between Houston and New Orleans. There are two floors of exhibits including features on biodiversity, archaeology and paleontology. The first floor focuses on the pre-history and history of the region and the early petroleum industry. The Gulf Coast Hall of Fame includes politicians, filmmakers, and several successful Hollywood actors including Evelyn Keyes (Gone with the Wind) and G.W. Bailey (Police Academy). Animator Kelly Asbury (Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Spirit), Karen Silkwood, and Major Tom Collins (one of the first pilots to break the sound barrier) have exhibits in this space along with accomplished individuals from many different fields (science, education, politics). There is also a rotating gallery which hosts a new exhibit every four months. The second floor showcases our decorative arts and maritime collections. We also pay tribute to artists, musicians, and athletes who have roots in this area including (but not limited to) Robert Rauschenberg, Janis Joplin, Edgar and Johnny Winter, Jimmy Johnson, and Babe Zaharias. The Museum offers customized tours and a wide variety of educational programming for pre-school children through adults.
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Gem in Port Arthur

Totally enjoyed my visit to the museum. I am a big music fan so the initial point of my visit was to see the Janis Joplin memorabilia. I was not disappointed.Was nice to see other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Totally enjoyed my visit to the museum. I am a big music fan so the initial point of my visit was to see the Janis Joplin memorabilia. I was not disappointed.Was nice to see other Texas musicians represented as well. There is also a sports section and of course oil and gas. Worth a visit if you are in/around Port... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

It is, if you think this is going to be a quick trip, you will be shocked at what is inside this really nice museum. we went on a Sunday, thinking it would be a quick 1 hour blitz through and spent over an hour on about 25% of the first floor! Noticing their short hours on Sunday, we tried... More 

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Grand Rapids, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Very nice museum with historical and geological displays. One room contains sports memorabilia of famous Texans, another with famous musicians, including Janis Joplin's Porsche. Another contained beautiful collector glass. There is a Victorian parlor/sitting room that is beautiful and full of antiques from the furniture to the art and glass. We enjoyed browsing the museum and we were the only... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The music section is the most interesting part of museum however, the music kiosks were all broken at time of visit. Do not visit unless the kiosks are fixed. The admission is now $4 per person and there is no justification for the increase. We passed a bar/restaurant in Port Arthur that had a large sign on their door, "do... More 

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MOGC-PA, Curator at Museum of the Gulf Coast, responded to this review

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit, but we are a little surprised that you felt that our music kiosk was the only thing worth seeing. Our touch screens are over ten years old. When they are down, it is usually only for a few hours. Right now, five out of the six are running. The last... More 

Hamshire, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

very nice, lots to see, good parking even for downtown Port Arthur. Would love to return . Again, not sure of exact date or year at present but visited with spouse and my parents that day. I think it was summer before 2014.

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Conroe, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is a huge 39,000 square foot museum. It has two floors of exhibits that are an eclectic group that tells the Gulf / Louisiana story. Be prepared to see a lot and be amazed. Do not pass on this museum.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Cheap. $3/each. My 11 year old daughter says "It was very cool. I like the music the best." We spent about an hour and a half there. It's larger than I expected. The music section always you to choose music to listen to. There are some really neat shells. I was nearby for work purposes and am glad we stopped... More 

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Lumberton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Spent about 3 hours with the wife and two kids (3 and 2 months). Lots to read and look at for the adults, several activities to entertain the 3yo. Been living in the area 6 years and was surprised by how much there was to see and do. Would definitely recommend to anyone spending time in town. They have a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Good music memorabilia on singers and musicians from East Texas. Air conditioning so cold we hurried through the museum.

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a gem of a local museum in Port Arthur, TX, just a few minutes south of Beaumont and totally worth the trek if you are driving along I-10. It has tons of great history of famous musicians and local color, in addition to a room devoted to Robert Rauschenberg, and an original artwork that he donated in honor... More 

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Additional Information about Museum of the Gulf Coast

Address: Address: 700 Procter, Port Arthur, TX 77640
Phone Number: +1 409-982-7000
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Port Arthur
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 4 - 4

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