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Museum of the Gulf Coast

700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640-6521
+1 409-982-7000
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Everyone was so friendly!

Loved this museum, it was so extensive! It hit on every industrial, historic, and cultural area of... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2018
Christopher F
Amazing Museum

While downtown Port Arthur appears to have seen better days, this museum is an oasis among run down... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2017
Joseph B
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640-6521
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Loved this museum, it was so extensive! It hit on every industrial, historic, and cultural area of the Gulf Coast. I would highly recommend this stop. Especially if you're a music fan. But it honestly has something for everyone.

Thank Christopher F
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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

While downtown Port Arthur appears to have seen better days, this museum is an oasis among run down and abandoned buildings. You can easily spend several hours there. It has a variety of exhibits and artifacts about the history and natural science/history of the region...More

Thank Joseph B
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Nicely laid out too. Covers mostly the oil industry and has a bit of a music collection. Also of interest was a film they were.running on trench warfare in WW1...fascinating!

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

I had gone to Port Arthur to visit what l thought was a whole museum of Janis Joplin memorabilia l was very disappointed when l found that only one small section is dedicated to her. None the less l thought the exhibits that they had...More

Thank A1place
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

I have seen their billboard on I10 several years. Well worth the trip into Port Arthur. I went for Janis Joplin exhibit. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire museum, from the beautiful hand painted mural to the glass, ivory, art and famous/infamous Texans' exhibits. The Director Mr....More

Thank RacSar
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Very big much to see here. It starts with an exciting exhibit of dinosaurs which my kids are huge fans so it was awesome! Then some oilfield education and of course the man of our house works in the oil field they many other really...More

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Reviewed 13 April 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.

1  Thank Adjur K
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Reviewed 11 April 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
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Reviewed 11 April 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

1  Thank Linda F
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Reviewed 31 March 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...More

1  Thank Daniel A
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