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“Underappreciated treasure of a museum!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of the Gulf Coast

Museum of the Gulf Coast
700 Procter, Port Arthur, TX 77640
+1 409-982-7000
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Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Port Arthur
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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“Underappreciated treasure of a museum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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“Best Museum in the Area-Don't Miss It!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

So crammed full of interesting tidbits you could look many visits & never see everything. It's a treasure trove of local pride & talent. It's impossible to go away disappointed.

Visited September 2012
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Dallas, TX
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“Nice Museum, Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

If you live in the Golden Triangle it is definitely worth a visit. It is inexpensive, well maintained, and not crowded. We enjoyed the history of the area from the time of the dinosaurs to present. The displays of famous athletes and celebrities from the area is interesting as there were quite a few that we weren't aware of. Compared to other big city museums it is obviously not much, but for a few dollars and an hour or two of time it is well worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Nice museum. Price is very reasonable, and the staff are nice. Very informative about Texas history, cool displays, and lots of sports and music/tv/movie memorabilia. It took us about an hour and a half to walk through.

Visited June 2013
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“Worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed this museum. It begins with the natural history of the area and progresses through settlement by native Americans to the Spanish, French, and English settlers to westward expansion. It also tells the history of port Arthur and Beaumont as petroleum helped the area to develop. Upstairs are famous athletes and musicians native to the area...most notabe is Janis Joplin. There is a replica of her Porsche complete with its "hippy mural paint". Well worth the price....

Visited June 2013
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