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Address: 700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640-6521
Phone Number: +1 409-982-7000
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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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Great Local History

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is a great experience. The area is rich in sports, music as well as Cajun history. If you in the area Ho see it, you will not be disappointed!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
George B
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Port Arthur, Texas

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Port Arthur, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is a great experience. The area is rich in sports, music as well as Cajun history. If you in the area Ho see it, you will not be disappointed!

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Thank George B
Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I must say that my main reason for visiting the museum was to see the Janis Joplin exhibition and I was very disappointed. I expected a whole floor of her things and it was really tiny. The biggest thing is a replica of her Porsche. However, there are other exhibitions on famous sports celebrities and other famous people as well... More 

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MOGC-PA, Curator at Museum of the Gulf Coast, responded to this review

We really wish we could provide more Janis memorabilia for visitors to see. Unfortunately, the situation is complex. Janis did not leave many belongings when she died. Most of what she had was taken from her place in California by friends and fans and a lot of it just disappeared. The few items that have provenance (can be proven they... More 

Groves, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you haven't been here, then you need to! It is a great place to learn about the history of our area on many different levels Take a Saturday afternoon and go check it out..

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Port Arthur, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I enjoy bringing out of town guests to this museum. Very informative and a great way to spend a few hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

This is a place well worth a visit. The area devoted to local musicians and sports figures is amazing. It's remarkable that so many famous people came from the area!Definitely fun to see.

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Thank Linda W
Lafayette, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Nice way to spend a few hours. The museum has a little bit of everything. I especially enjoyed the tributes to all the musical and sport talent from the area. I was expecting more on Janis Joplin since she is from Port Arthur. The Rock n Roll hall of fame has more on Janis. But all in all I would... More 

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MOGC-PA, Curator at Museum of the Gulf Coast, responded to this review

We really wish we could get more on Janis but it's almost impossible. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and private collectors have virtually everything which exists. People often don't know this but when Janis died a lot of her friends and fans pretty much took all of the material things she had. Because things have changed hands so... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

A nice 2-story museum located in a very barren part of Port Arthur. Upon entering, I felt that it was geared toward kids and I pictured a lot of field trips coming through. But it was very educational, showcasing the history of British, French and Spanish involvement in the area. An extremely large mural illustrates some of that history and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Covers this region from before early man all the way up to Janis Joplin Jimmy Johnson the football coach Big Bopper ZZ Top Wade Phillips not to forget artwork of Robert rauschenberg the father of pop art. This town and region is unbelievable. Music Sports art movie TV personalities and paleo-indian French explorers early North American discoveries just to mention... More 

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Vidor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

I took a group of senior adults from our church to visit the museum. It was very enjoyable. Everyone really enjoyed the music and sports section of the museum as well as the history of the area section. I highly recommend taking a group there to see the museum.

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Stanley, Falkland Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting museum. Who knew so many famous people were from this area of Texas. Wide range of exhibits. Very good price.

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