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Museum of the Gulf Coast

700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640-6521
+1 409-982-7000
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Not what l expected

I had gone to Port Arthur to visit what l thought was a whole museum of Janis Joplin memorabilia l... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2017
Melbourne, Australia
It was all good

I have seen their billboard on I10 several years. Well worth the trip into Port Arthur. I went... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2017
Ethel, Louisiana
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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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700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640-6521
+1 409-982-7000

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

I had gone to Port Arthur to visit what l thought was a whole museum of Janis Joplin memorabilia l was very disappointed when l found that only one small section is dedicated to her. None the less l thought the exhibits that they had...More

Thank A1place
Reviewed July 29, 2017

I have seen their billboard on I10 several years. Well worth the trip into Port Arthur. I went for Janis Joplin exhibit. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire museum, from the beautiful hand painted mural to the glass, ivory, art and famous/infamous Texans' exhibits. The Director Mr....More

Thank RacSar
Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

Very big much to see here. It starts with an exciting exhibit of dinosaurs which my kids are huge fans so it was awesome! Then some oilfield education and of course the man of our house works in the oil field they many other really...More

Thank blakenbrandyc
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

A very nice and educative museum. The staff is very friendly and helpful. A must if you want to know more about Janis Joplin's birthplace and other Texas legends in sports and music.

1  Thank Adjur K
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Excellent museum for a smaller town. I could have stayed in the music room for hours. Excellent history of local athletes in many sports.

Thank SweetieBob
Reviewed April 10, 2017

I went to high school with Janis Joplin, so seeing her memoribilia in the museum was excitiing. It's a fun and informative visit on the Port Arthur,YX area

1  Thank Linda F
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

We saw the museum on TA. Read the reviews and decided to take it in. We were greeted by the man at the front desk who was very friendly. Even though I am sure he has given the spiel hundreds of times he took time...More

1  Thank Daniel A
Reviewed March 27, 2017

Janis Joplin .... plus a whole lot more! Wonderful staff at the front desk gave us a quick overview of the layout and sent us on our way. From pre-history to history, all was succinctly and interestingly presented. Thoroughly enjoyed the music snippets in the...More

Thank KLsWanderlust
Reviewed March 19, 2017

I loved the first floor exhibit natural history and human history of the Port Arthur area. I did get to run through the second floor exhibit of famous area musicians and learned about the rich musical heritage of Port Arthur. The museum is eclectic with...More

Thank TravelswithmyTeen
Reviewed March 18, 2017

I was worried that this museum would be a bit too local to be interesting for overseas travellers. However, the displays etc were so well done and the emphasis seemed to be a little information on a huge number of themes rather than concentrating on...More

Thank snoopy-on-trinity
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