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Address: 700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640-6521
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+1 409-982-7000
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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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... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2017
Adjur K
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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.

Thank Adjur K
Port Neches, Texas
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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
Port Neches, Texas
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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

Thank Linda F
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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 with a thorough overview. As we went through the various exhibits it was apparent that... More 

Thank Daniel A
Houston, Texas
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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 upstairs 'jukeboxes' and was amazed at the diversity and number of musicians that the Port... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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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 different themes in each area. I love these smaller museums. You learn so much in... More 

Thank TravelswithmyTeen
Cairns, Australia
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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 just a few. This made it very interesting for outsiders.

Thank snoopy-on-trinity
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed March 16, 2017

we arrived 30 minutes before closing and wish we had more time! I was glad to see the Music portion and Janis Joplin's Porsche replica.There was so much more to see! I need to go back!

Thank Linda D
Weslaco, Texas
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Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit. There is a wide range of things to see and learn about. Many great displays about the history of the area and an interesting section on the wildlife and birds. The area on musicians from here was much larger than I expected. Janis Joplins Porsche was a hoot. The sports stars area was also very... More 

Thank Betty G
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed March 1, 2017

We didn't know what to expect when we drove up, but once we were inside we spent almost three hours here. The history on the oil rigs and the detailed exhibits are amazing. and then upstairs, well, there you can see the music history that began in the coastal area. Being from Austin I am a big music buff and... More 

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