Museum of the Gulf Coast
JK Chevrolet is spotlighting local attractions that are fun for the family and tell the story of our region. One favorite is the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas. It tells the exciting story of the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast region, beginning with paleontology and biology. Permanent exhibits include a section on Native Americans, European contact, the Civil War, economic and cultural growth, the petroleum industry, and the maritime history of the region. The Museum's second floor is dedicated to the many internationally-recognized musicians and athletes who call the Gulf Coast home.
The Museum hosts three Popular Culture galleries featuring notable personalities of the Gulf Coast. The Music Hall of Fame features more than 60 music legends representing a wide array of genres. The Sports Legends Gallery highlights more than 60 athletes. Finally, the Notable People Gallery highlights 35 individuals who have achieved national and/or international recognition in a professional endeavor.
With an increasing emphasis on educational outreach, the Museum hosts thousands of children for school tours, programs, and a summer camp focusing on environmental stewardship. The Museum also offers "Family Fun Days" View Events Calendar here. In addition, the Museum serves as a resource for archival documents and photographs for academic researchers as well as local, national, and international media (link to collections).
The 39,000 square foot Museum is located at 700 Procter Street in downtown Port Arthur, Texas. In addition to two floors of exhibits, the Museum houses an orientation theater, a classroom, a hospitality area, and a gift shop. The facility is handicap accessible. For further information, call (409) 982-7000.