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“Recent trip to see Texas City Museum”
Review of Texas City Museum

Texas City Museum
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Texas City
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Sand Springs, Oklahoma
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Recent trip to see Texas City Museum”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

Millie & I recently visited the Texas City Museum on 6th Street in Texas City Texas.
This museum is housed in the completely renovated home of the J.C. Penney store downtown.
They have many exhibits related to history of Texas City including much about the Texas City Disaster in which the US Grand Camp exploded in 1947. There is much to learn, also, about how the city was discovered and developed in to one of the largest petroleum refining cities in the USA and even a good display of model trains. I would highly recommend a visit if you have any interest. The cost was only $3 each.

Visited June 2014
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Austin, Texas
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410 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Small, but nice to check out.”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

The reason we went looking for this museum was seeing the airplane displays at Bay Street Park (which is the actual site of the Army base where the first "Aero Squadron" was in 1913). We stumbled upon the birthplace of the US Air Force, and then went looking for a museum to learn more information about it. What we find was something even better. Texas City Museum has a lot of displays of local history things (high school sports, pictures of the town, etc), a bit on a local pirate who operated out of Galveston during the Mexican War of Independence, and a small section on the Aero Squadron.

The most interesting exhibit here was that of the Disaster of 1947. One day in April, a French ship filled with ammonium nitrate fertilizer and sulfur exploded at the docks. With the force between two-and-four kilotons of TNT, the explosion flattened everything for a blocks, tossed huge debris even farther, and caused the deaths of hundreds (most of whom were spectators who thought they were a safe distance away from what they thought was a simple “dock fire”). All windows in a mile radius were shattered, and the blast was felt as far as Denver. To a city that was resuming normal life after a destructive world war, this was their “hometown Hiroshima.” This watch, hands stopped at the time of the blast, really drove that home.

The exhibit gave detailed information on the events leading up to the blast, some footage (taken by an amateur who was out on the dike), and what happened in the aftermath. In a rare display of comradeship, the different oil companies in the city helped each other repair the damage done to their plants, as well as rebuild the destroyed sections of the city. It also helped pave the way for new safety regulations for the oil industry. As the city essentially “rose from the ashes,” the phoenix was adopted as the symbol of the city. I considered this a fabulous historical find that we’d stumbled upon.

Visited September 2013
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Nacogdoches, Texas
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A small museum”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

It's small but you do learn history about the area. The 1947 explosion and more. When I was there sometime back, there was a quilt exhibit showing there. You never know what will be there until you go and see it.

Visited May 2014
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Texas City, Texas
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“very informative”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

For anyone that wants to know anything about the 1947 explosion here in Texas City, the museum is a very informative way to find out the facts of this disaster. It also gives a very good idea about the founding of the city and its early years. If you are in the area and have a couple of hours to spare, it's worth your time.

Visited November 2013
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Owensboro, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Nice small museum”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Enjoyed the visit. I learned a lot about history of the area. Good way to spend a couple of hours.
I particularly liked the information about the ship explosion.

Visited February 2013
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