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Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
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Owner description: Popular with families, the museum focuses on the history and culture of South Texas with something for everyone, including relics from a 1554 shipwreck, recreations of two of the three ships used for Columbus's voyage to the New World, an interactive weather station, a children's section with marine activities and numerous artifacts.
Reviewed 29 March 2014

Great place to learn about the history of this region. Natural history exhibits are well-done. The play area for small kids is wonderful.

Thank JMFSMidwest
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

There are exhibits of minerals & gems, seashells, area history, marine & shipwreck items and an informative video of Corpus history. Replicas of Columbus' ships, Pinta & Santa Maria are undergoing restoration, but you can board the Pinta.

1  Thank Ted055
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

This museum is not so huge that it takes forever to go through. It was a great museum to take children to also. I saw a couple that took all 3 of their children (obviously home schooled) and the dad had no problem keeping their attention as he explained things to them.

Thank Nancy H
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Whether you are a local or just visiting the Corpus Christi area, I absolutely recommend a trip to the museum.

One of the first exhibits you encounter is the 1967 salvage from the Spanish ships San Esteban and Espíritu Santo that wrecked off Padre Island in 1554. There is a short film that portrays an account of one of the twenty survivors, Fray Marcos de Mena, who although shot with 7 arrows by the Karankawa Indians, managed to walk all the way to Mexico.

You can also go aboard an exact replica of Columbus' ship, the Pinta. The Spanish built replicas of Columbus' ships to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of his voyage. After a tour of 18 different ports around the Mediterranean and Atlantic seas in 1990-1991, the ships made their home here.

In addition to the maritime and natural history, they have interactive exhibits for the kids and live reptiles.

I've been here many times and I've never been able to get to all the exhibits in one trip. There is just so much to see!

1  Thank arl3203
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

If you enjoy museums, you will be amazed at the breath and variety of exhibits at the Corpus Christi Museum. The nine in depth exhibits and something for everyone's interests. Expect to spend a minimum of a half day here. To get the complete experience, it is really a whole day trip or more. In the "Shipwrecks" exhibit feautred is a partial replica of one of the Spanish ships San Esteban which went down off Padre Island in 1954. You can walk aboard and get a true feel of how small these ships were. Features of the "Shipwreck" section include recovered artifacts from several of the ships. Complete with a history of shipwrecks recovered in the Western Hemisphere. Other exhibits are "Corpus Christi" a history of Corpus Christi from a trading post to the present day. There are exhibits from carriages, weapons, clothing, tools and implements. This section is very comprehensive.
"Cultural Encounters" In depth history and artifacts from Sieur de La Salle's ship, La Belle, which went down in Matagorda Bay in 1686 and the Karankawa Indians of South Texas.
The other exhibits which we did not have time to see, (We were there 5 hours), "Seeds of Change" is a history of how corn, potatoes, diseases, horses and sugar impacted our way of life from the days of Christopher Columbus. "Reptiles of South Texas" Alligators,snakes and more!; Xeriscape Garden; "Hall of Science" rockhounds will truly enjoy this exhibit; "Coastal Ecology", features the coastal landscape, creatures the inhabit the area and beautiful art work. There is also a "Kids Zone" for children 3-7 that will definitely be a highlight for them. Covering activities with touch tablets, there's a fishing boat and a two story lighthouse.
This is a fascinating place that everyone will enjoy!.

3  Thank bonaventure
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