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“Best Museum in the Area-Don't Miss It!”

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best Museum in the Area-Don't Miss It!”
Reviewed 8 August 2013 via mobile

So crammed full of interesting tidbits you could look many visits & never see everything. It's a treasure trove of local pride & talent. It's impossible to go away disappointed.

Visited September 2012
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Dallas, TX
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Nice Museum, Worth a Visit”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

If you live in the Golden Triangle it is definitely worth a visit. It is inexpensive, well maintained, and not crowded. We enjoyed the history of the area from the time of the dinosaurs to present. The displays of famous athletes and celebrities from the area is interesting as there were quite a few that we weren't aware of. Compared to other big city museums it is obviously not much, but for a few dollars and an hour or two of time it is well worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very Nice”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Nice museum. Price is very reasonable, and the staff are nice. Very informative about Texas history, cool displays, and lots of sports and music/tv/movie memorabilia. It took us about an hour and a half to walk through.

Visited June 2013
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“Worth the trip”
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A Little Gem In Port Arthur”
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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