Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur

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The Museum of the Gulf Coast, located in Port Arthur, Texas, specializes in Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast history. Its most notable exhibits are a gallery of Robert Rauschenberg's artworks and a Music Hall of Fame honoring performers from the region; featured in the latter are artifacts of Janis Joplin's youth. The museum is sponsored and administered by the Port Arthur Historical Society, and is the descendant of the original Port Arthur Museum chartered by the state in 1964. The administration of the museum is done in partnership with Lamar State College-Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur.
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  • What a great find!!! This is a wonderfully curated museum with truly interesting artifacts and exhibits. The rich history of Texas and the Gulf coast are well represented. It’s much larger than we...  more »
  • So much to see in the museum. They have natural history, Gulf Coast history, sports and music from the area. They even have some hands on activities for kids. It was worth the trip.  more »
  • I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed visiting this museum. The displays have something for nearly every interest - from natural history, local and regional culture, oil & gas, and noteworthy names from the area. The coffee pot in the hospitality area was hot and didn't taste bad at all. All the staff we engaged were super-friendly, and of course we just had to buy a few items from the gift shop. This museum I highly recommend if you are in the area.
  • Always a great place to spend an afternoon. Lots of updated technology for accessing information about exhibits. Plenty of room to move around. Easy to enjoy and learn about the area's history. Knowledgeable, helpful staff.

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