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Permanent Exhibits

The Museum of the Gulf Coast houses two floors of exhibits which depict the history and culture of the Gulf Coast region of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.  While we are best known for our Hall of Fame galleries we also display a wide range of exhibits including history, natural history, and decorative art.


Highlights of our permanent exhibitions include:

  • A reproduction of Janis Joplin’s famous psychedelic Porsche

  • Jimmy Johnson’s high school letter jacket

  • One of the largest indoor murals in the South

  • The infamous (ask us why!) Gulf Oil cannon

  • A 13.5 foot taxidermy alligator (seen here)

  • The original fresnel lens of the Sabine Bank lighthouse  

  • The John and Grace Snell Parlor of decorative arts
    and glassware

  • A record-setting experimental fiberglass race car

  • Artwork by internationally-recognized Port Arthur
    native Robert Rauschenberg

  • Rare books and cartography

  • A Texas Navy - Maritime Exhibit

  • Temporary Exhibits in the Dunn Gallery


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