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Address: 700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640-6521
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+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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Janis Joplin .... plus a whole lot more! Wonderful staff at the front desk gave us a quick overview of the layout and sent us on our way. From pre-history to history, all was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Janis Joplin .... plus a whole lot more! Wonderful staff at the front desk gave us a quick overview of the layout and sent us on our way. From pre-history to history, all was succinctly and interestingly presented. Thoroughly enjoyed the music snippets in the upstairs 'jukeboxes' and was amazed at the diversity and number of musicians that the Port... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the first floor exhibit natural history and human history of the Port Arthur area. I did get to run through the second floor exhibit of famous area musicians and learned about the rich musical heritage of Port Arthur. The museum is eclectic with different themes in each area. I love these smaller museums. You learn so much in... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was worried that this museum would be a bit too local to be interesting for overseas travellers. However, the displays etc were so well done and the emphasis seemed to be a little information on a huge number of themes rather than concentrating on just a few. This made it very interesting for outsiders.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we arrived 30 minutes before closing and wish we had more time! I was glad to see the Music portion and Janis Joplin's Porsche replica.There was so much more to see! I need to go back!

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Weslaco, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit. There is a wide range of things to see and learn about. Many great displays about the history of the area and an interesting section on the wildlife and birds. The area on musicians from here was much larger than I expected. Janis Joplins Porsche was a hoot. The sports stars area was also very... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect when we drove up, but once we were inside we spent almost three hours here. The history on the oil rigs and the detailed exhibits are amazing. and then upstairs, well, there you can see the music history that began in the coastal area. Being from Austin I am a big music buff and... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My granddaughters and I really enjoyed this museum. The exibits were informative and the music exibit was terrific.The staff was personable and informative as well.We really enjoyed ourselves. Enter from the parking lot. The street entrance was forbidding and closed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

Our $6 each to enter was a great value as we were pleasantly surprised at the varied and interesting exhibits within this museum, covering subjects from geology, wildlife, history, politics, science, art, music, politics, to sports and much more. The staff were very friendly and helpful - the director even came to shake our hand and share some interesting information.... More 

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Westlake, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We visited the Museum of the Gulf Coast recently because of the Janis Joplin exhibit. I was delighted to find two floors of great displays showing all the wonder of our Gulf Coast, from alligators and wildlife, local sports, local heroes, and a terrific collection of music memorabilia in the music hall. There was even a fully stocked juke box!... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

This museum has very interesting artifacts and murals on the history of the area from prehistoric times to the present. The second floor has a superb glass ware collection are displays of local sports and music cerebraties.

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