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Address: 700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640-6521
Phone Number: +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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Amazing little museum that highlights the many historical powerful people that created Port Arthur with exhibits that include a working model of an oil well, beautifully restored... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing little museum that highlights the many historical powerful people that created Port Arthur with exhibits that include a working model of an oil well, beautifully restored antiques cars, frontier cabin, Tiffany glassware from the early 1900's, a section dedicated to famous musicians including Buddy Holly & the Big Bopper, and a replica of Janis Joplin's Porsche. The sports section... More 

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Key West, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice museum well organized with a wide variety of sections with interest for all. I really enjoyed the sports section but the best part for me was the music section. The Janice Joplin exhibit was awesome and worth the cost of admission! Very enjoyable

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This two story museum was packed with information on the coast on the first floor, many stuffed animals and displays. The second floor was awesome. Displays of notable port Arthur Texans in the music and sports industries. Interactive displays allow you to play the music of individual artists like Janis Joplin, the Big Bopper and many more. Allow 1 1/2... More 

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Port Arthur, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is a great experience. The area is rich in sports, music as well as Cajun history. If you in the area Ho see it, you will not be disappointed!

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Katy, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I must say that my main reason for visiting the museum was to see the Janis Joplin exhibition and I was very disappointed. I expected a whole floor of her things and it was really tiny. The biggest thing is a replica of her Porsche. However, there are other exhibitions on famous sports celebrities and other famous people as well... More 

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MOGC-PA, Curator at Museum of the Gulf Coast, responded to this review

We really wish we could provide more Janis memorabilia for visitors to see. Unfortunately, the situation is complex. Janis did not leave many belongings when she died. Most of what she had was taken from her place in California by friends and fans and a lot of it just disappeared. The few items that have provenance (can be proven they... More 

Groves, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you haven't been here, then you need to! It is a great place to learn about the history of our area on many different levels Take a Saturday afternoon and go check it out..

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Port Arthur, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I enjoy bringing out of town guests to this museum. Very informative and a great way to spend a few hours.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This is a place well worth a visit. The area devoted to local musicians and sports figures is amazing. It's remarkable that so many famous people came from the area!Definitely fun to see.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

Nice way to spend a few hours. The museum has a little bit of everything. I especially enjoyed the tributes to all the musical and sport talent from the area. I was expecting more on Janis Joplin since she is from Port Arthur. The Rock n Roll hall of fame has more on Janis. But all in all I would... More 

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MOGC-PA, Curator at Museum of the Gulf Coast, responded to this review

We really wish we could get more on Janis but it's almost impossible. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and private collectors have virtually everything which exists. People often don't know this but when Janis died a lot of her friends and fans pretty much took all of the material things she had. Because things have changed hands so... More 

Sugar Land, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

A nice 2-story museum located in a very barren part of Port Arthur. Upon entering, I felt that it was geared toward kids and I pictured a lot of field trips coming through. But it was very educational, showcasing the history of British, French and Spanish involvement in the area. An extremely large mural illustrates some of that history and... More 

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