1202 Navigation Circle
Rockport, TX 78382
phone: 361-729-1271
fax: 361-729-9938
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Office: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Adults - $5.00
Seniors 60+ $4.00
Children 6 to 12 $2.00
5 and under Free
Museum Type(s)
Elaine Faulkner, Administrative Assistant
Kathy Roberts-Douglass, Director
Phil Barnes, Curator
Jennifer Rogers, Education Director


Our purpose is to offer a variety of experiences to adults and children by collecting, preserving, and interpreting items of historical interest and to recount Texas maritime history through artifacts, documents, and other materials of historical value; and to exhibit them to further the public interest, knowledge, and appreciation of such materials and their historical significance.

Our vision is to serve as the premier repository of Texas Maritime history and to continually increase public interest, visitation, and the education of our children.


The Texas Maritime Museum was incorporated in 1980, received its 501(c)(3) status in 1985 and became the official Maritime Museum of the State of Texas in 1987. Construction of the museum began the following year and we opened our doors to the public in July of 1989. In July of 2001 we added a lighthouse/elevator/observation deck to the Museum.

Artifacts Collections

The Texas Maritime Museum has a permanent collection of 1,700 artifacts, 1,100 books in our library, and 1,100+ photographs related to the maritime history of Texas. All of our objects are in a searchable database.

Research Collections

Small non-photographic archival collection of maps, licenses, ledgers, boat plans, and manuscripts.

Educational Programs

The museum provides docent guided general tours of the Museum to school groups, package tours, and elderhostels. Specific programs focusing on, the history of the Texas coast (all grade levels). Outreach programs on a variety of maritime related topics are available to K-12 , civic organizations, and elderhostels.

Summer SEA Camp program is offered to grades 1-7 during the month of July, and educators outreach programs for schools during the year in surrounding counties.

The months of October - March, every other Wednesday, the Museum offers the "Brown Bag lunch lecture series form 12:-1 pm featuring guest speakers on Texas maritime topics.


    The museum publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Logline. Special exhibition catalogs also produced.