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“side trip from Creole Nature Trail”

Museum of the Gulf Coast
Ranked #1 of 15 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.
Reviewed February 9, 2013

we were on the Creole Nature Trail at the TX state line and I remembered reading about the Janis Joplin display so we went. It was easy to find, during Mardi Gras so only $2 a piece, they had complimentary coffee/cookies. You start with a 12 minute film on developement of the area. they have 2 floors of displays from soldiers, oil/gas//mining, indians, animals to the upstairs which is sports and music. It was really very nice we spent over 2 hours there and it was the best $2 we spent the whole trip.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

There are so many people, and things, and so much history that I was not aware of, even though I grew up in Port Arthur,Texas,and gaduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1964. The name of the high school, is not TJ anymore, and a new high school,wih a different name, and mascot, was built in another area of Port Arthur. It will always be TJHS to me.

Thank dellphineh
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

I like it because it's about my hometown of Port Arthur. A couple of different exhibits such as Janis Joplin and other famous people. It also has other intesting exhibits. It's located in downtown Port Arthur, which doesn't have much. The seawall is a block away and police station right next door.

Thank 01texmex
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Love this museum. They do make changes every now and then. Please make sure to stop in and visit a part of our past.

Thank Regina1580
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

Very informative museum. We like the old singers & musicians section!!. Actually the whole place is nice. Liked Janice Joplin's car. The old heirlooms section, etc, etc..

Thank Georgetta U
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