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“Great Way to Learn of the Area's History”

Texas Maritime Museum
Ranked #6 of 43 things to do in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Mission of the Texas Maritime Museum is to excite and educate the public about Texas Maritime history and artifacts. The Museum’s purpose is to offer a variety of experiences to children and adults by collecting, preserving, and interpreting items of historical interest for educational purposes; to recount Texas maritime history through artifacts, documents, and other materials of unique or historical value; and to exhibit items to further the public interest, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of such material and related historical background. The Museum’s collections and exhibits are based on four central themes: History and Technology of offshore petroleum production and transportation History and Development of Texas seaports, maritime communities and maritime commerce along the Gulf of Mexico Exploration and Settlement history of the Texas Gulf Coast beginning with the Spanish and French The Texas seafood and fishing industry
Reviewed February 28, 2012

This is a very well maintained museum showcasing area history. The exhibits and videos of De LaSalle's exploration are particularly interesting. If you're not familiar with exploration, fishing, and oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and Rockport area, this is the first place to visit, it will give you an appreciation for the area.

Thank Meanderman01
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"third floor"
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"observation deck"
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"la salle"
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"matagorda bay"
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"sunken ship"
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"nautical history"
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"offshore oil"
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"on display"
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"lots of interesting items"
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"commercial fishing"
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"lots of local history"
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"outdoor area"
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"unique place to visit"
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"boat motors"
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

we ran thru at last minute...wonderful historic sites and treasures inside. make time to stroll thru the museum. well worth it!

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

The last time I was there, they had a collection of watercolors of the 22 or so lighthouses that once aided navigation on the Texas coast. They are good paintings and convey some history as well. They also have some artifacts from the "Belle" a ship in LaSalle's ill-fated attempt to find the mouth of the Mississippi.

Thank Silver925
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

If staying in the area, visiting this museum provides interesting information--particularly for Texas' early naval history.

Thank jaydee46
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

An amazing number of exceptionally high quality exhibits is found in this small maritime museum. The first floor exhibits showcase Robert LaSalle’s French expedition to Texas in 1684, and offer an archaeological and historical perspective on the experiences of the explorer and those who accompanied him. There are several informative short films and interactive displays, maritime tools, and ship models. Other featured displays focus on oil drilling, fishing and fishing equipment, and the history of the Texas Navy. Be sure to take in the excellent view of the harbor and town from the museum's third floor.

The museum is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who do a wonderful job of providing an overview of the museum, the history of the displays, and pointing out restrooms, special exhibits, and the elevator to the 2nd and 3rd floors. Exhibits are well-organized and the museum is well-designed for ease in viewing the incredible number of things to see.

Thank lkoxford
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