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Halls of Fame

The Museum of the Gulf Coast houses three galleries with notable personalities of the region. The Music Hall of Fame has more than 80 musicians  representing a wide array of genres, and includes Janis Joplin. The Sports Legends Gallery features more than 75 area athletes. The Notable People Gallery contains 40 plus individuals who have achieved national and/or international recognition in a professional endeavor.

Education & Tours

Tours are available for groups of 10 or more with advance notice. Click on the link below to learn about educational programs at the Museum. See group rates below.

Pompeiian Villa

Visits must be scheduled in advance. Call 409-982-7000 to arrange a time to tour the facility. A guide from The Museum of the Gulf Coast will assign a time. 


This historic house was built in 1900 for Isaac Ellwood of DeKalb, Illinois. It was designed to be reminiscent of villas in ancient Pompeii, a Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.


What you see on exhibit at the Museum is only the tip of the iceberg. The Museum has more than 35,000 items.


The Museum collects photographs, documents, and physical objects representing the biology and history of the Gulf Coast region ranging from prehistoric to the present.

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