Well, downtown Port Arthur in the area around this museum is downtrodden, deserted and honestly pathetic. I felt comforted by the fact the police station was across the street. But enough of that. This museum is great! It covers so much history and color of the area, from the native Indian tribes that wandered the region, the flora & fauna of the area (with lots of "hands-on type things for kids), the early explorers, to notable people of the region. I particularly liked the upstairs, which featured music artists and pioneers of the general area, including Cajun music, Janis Joplin, Tex Ritter. They had a jukebox that played all those songs for free. They had pictures, "costumes," instruments. Wonderful museum. Helpful staff.