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“Worth the trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of the Gulf Coast

Museum of the Gulf Coast
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Port Arthur
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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.
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed this museum. It begins with the natural history of the area and progresses through settlement by native Americans to the Spanish, French, and English settlers to westward expansion. It also tells the history of port Arthur and Beaumont as petroleum helped the area to develop. Upstairs are famous athletes and musicians native to the area...most notabe is Janis Joplin. There is a replica of her Porsche complete with its "hippy mural paint". Well worth the price....

Visited June 2013
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Little Gem In Port Arthur”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

I visited here with a friend who is a Port Arthur local. The museum was well worth the visit. From displays about the local wild life to the maritime history to a selection of different country and western singers really make this an intriguing and unique experience. One of the highlights is you get to see a replica of Janis Joplin’s psychedelic car. I would definitely recommend this museum for anyone who has a few hours to spare in Port Arthur.

Visited March 2013
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Beaumont, Texas
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155 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Worth the time to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

The museum gives a good feel for Port Arthur and there are a lot of opportunities to learn. It not only has the overall history of the area, but there is a big concentration on the musicians, atheletes and artists that are from Port Arthur and made it big highlighted here.

Visited October 2012
Thank Mary H
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Beaumont, Texas
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185 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Off the path.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

Gulf gulf museum has some interesting exhibits. The music exhibits has over 60 different musicians from Janis Joplin, Big Bopper, Geroge Jones Tex Ritter to name a few. The sports section has football, baseball, golf, tennis, track and field, boxing, weightlifting, martial arts, motor cross racing. Jimmy Johnson, Bum Phillips, Wade Phillps. It's a small but has alot of interesting exhibits. Great on a rainy day. If you live local they also do lots of events for the kids.

Visited November 2012
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“side trip from Creole Nature Trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 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.

Visited February 2013
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