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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  • If you want a good indoctrination on the history of the gulf coast as well as a sense of the surrounding culture, this is the place to stop. Even if you just want an excellent museum experience, this....  more »
  • I grew up in Port Arthur, the late 60's and 70's. I wish there were more pictures of Downtown Proctor Street from that time period, downtown was full of people and life. I remember where every...  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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