Last updated: 5/3/2018
400 College Blvd
Clute, TX 77531
|Tuesday - Saturday||10 AM - 4 PM|
|Sunday||2 PM - 5 PM|
Wanda Coker, President
Johnney Pollan, Curator of Archaeology
Brian Miles, Curator of Paleontology
Janey Cormier, Curator of Malacology
Named one of the ten best museums in Texas by Frommer's Travel Guide,
the Museum is home to the largest collection of shells on display in the South
with shells from around the world. The Museum also features real life-sized
fossilized dinosaur skeletons and other rarely exhibited fossils plus exhibits
on wildlife, rocks & minerals and archeology to round out the museum.
Chartered as Brazosport Youth Museum (June 1964), amended to Brazosport Museum of Natural Science (August 1969). Moved to Brazosport Center for Arts & Sciences (1976). Over 14,000 visitors annually include local residents, school and senior tours and visitors from other states and countries.
The Museum is Home of the State Shell. In the 1980's Museum personnel initiated the process to have the state legislature designate the Lightning Whelk as the State Shell. The designation became offical in April, 1987
The Museum which has 12,000 square feet of floor space, is housed in the 45,00 square foot Center for the Arts & Sciences along with a planetarium, two performing arts theaters, and an art gallery and studio. The Center hosts over 80,000 visitors each year.
(p)Primary collections are: Malacology, Archaeology, Mineralogy, Fossils, and Wildlife; a collection of North American Game Birds. The Malacology collections consist of more than 13,000 displayed shells and almost that many reserved for study collections. The archaeology collections include a Karankawan pottery collection which is the most complete to be found anywhere in the state, an extensive lithic collection, 19th-century Anglo-Texas ceramics, and various items collected from local plantations. The best of the Museum's mineral collections are displayed in eleven exhibits, plus five cabinets containing micro-minerals. A beautiful collection of carved ivory is displayed in the same area. Four large display windows show the best of the fossil collections. A large number of Texas fossils are not displayed. The museum also has a study set of Claiborn fossils. The wildlife area displays both local and world-wide butterflies and moths, local shore birds, a River Otter, a Javelina, a Brown Bear, a Blue Heron, local snakes, and a wildlife diorama with small animals and birds native to the area. Temporary exhibits change regularly with displays of items of local interest and/or concern. A Children's Corner allows young visitors an opportunity to manipulate various items related to Museum topics (animals, skins, bones, marine life, e.g.)
Tours (schools, public requests, senior groups), lectures ( in teh Museum and for school classes), classes for children (Discovery Week, Dinosaur Day, special programs.
Annual Report, affiliate monthly group newsletters (Brazosport Archaeological Society,
Brazosport Birders, Sea Shell Searchers), brochures, "State Shell" information leaflet
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