Museum of the Gulf Coast

Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Museum of the Gulf Coast Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of the Gulf Coast
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Speciality Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 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
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Gary W
San Marcos, TX6 contributions
Gulf Coast Surprise
Mar 2021
If you want a good indoctrination on the history of the gulf coast as well as a sense of the surrounding culture, this is the place to stop. Even if you just want an excellent museum experience, this is the place to stop. It's a short 30 minute drive south of I-10 and well worth the investment in time. Enjoy!
Written March 16, 2021
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Janice P
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"Ole Proctor Street Memories"
Oct 2020
I grew up in Port Arthur, the late 60's and 70's. I wish there were more pictures of Downtown Proctor Street from that time period, downtown was full of people and life.
I remember where every building stood and who owned what. I am glad to see that the old bank was turned into a museum and was not tore down like all the other old buildings. The City (Mayor's Office) had not done their best to help preserve the
landmarks either. Not to vent, but Rose Hill Manor is in rough shape as I am writing this. The roads are in bad shape as well. There is much need for better management within the City of Port Arthur in 2021. I enjoyed the museum very much. The history took back to places I ran through in the City as a teenager. I would love to see more local artist work displayed at this museum. I would also love to see more businesses and people come back to downtown "Ole proctor Street"
Written March 5, 2021
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Monica D
Lake Charles, LA1 contribution
Day trip getaway
Jan 2021 • Couples
Wasn’t expecting all the exhibits to see. Loved the setup and especially in the music hall. You can play different types of music.
Written January 23, 2021
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meghann m
Huffman, TX7 contributions
Great find! A wonderful museum!
Aug 2020 • Family
What a great find!!! This is a wonderfully curated museum with truly interesting artifacts and exhibits. The rich history of Texas and the Gulf coast are well represented. It’s much larger than we expected and great for all ages. Definitely check it out! It’s inexpensive, super cool, and full of awesomeness! The music gallery is very impressive too. So much talent came out of the Gulf Coast region. Loved it!
Written August 4, 2020
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Merideth O
League City, TX2 contributions
A museum for everyone
Jul 2020 • Friends
So much to see in the museum. They have natural history, Gulf Coast history, sports and music from the area. They even have some hands on activities for kids. It was worth the trip.
Written July 23, 2020
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Tracey Phillips
6 contributions
Two teachers from Houston
Jul 2020 • Friends
We absolutely loved the place. Lots of great information! Everything’s decorated so beautifully with lots of hands on activities for kids to enjoy. The staff was courteous and extremely helpful.
Written July 23, 2020
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Marianna P
27 contributions
What a Gem!
Jul 2020 • Friends
I grew up in Port Arthur, yet I learned more about my hometown at this museum than I ever knew before! No, this place is not boring or musty, or any of the other negatives you might have in mind. I found the exhibits fresh, with clever use of technology. Check for special events: they have book signings, live performances, etc. I’m going back with my husband the next time we’re in town!
Written July 11, 2020
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Lance K
Tampa5 contributions
First rate!
Jan 2020 • Couples
Unexpected quality of exhibits arranged by content.Especially enjoyed the music and sports sections
.Didn't realise so many famous musicians and athletes were from such small area of Texas@
Written February 11, 2020
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Bob55555
Ellensburg, WA238 contributions
Lots of History
Feb 2020 • Couples
Lots of history inside this museum. From Janis Joplin to Jimmy Johnson. Lots of musicians and athletic, with all there information. The start of Port Arthur to the Port it is today. Oil industry from the beginning of time to now. All about Sabine Pass and lighthouse. Lots of information for all ages. From dinosaurs artifacts to a sea shell collection. Along with the Snells 1900’s glass collection. It’s a must, take your time to see it.
Written February 6, 2020
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BRANPLB
BRANPLB153 contributions
Go if you have time to kill
Jan 2020
I expected more exhibits...There were a few but mostly reading and maps, etc. It was ok to visit once and especially if you have a little time you need to kill. But once would be enough.
Written January 26, 2020
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Museum of the Gulf Coast is open:
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM