Port Isabel, Texas
Street Address
317 E. Railroad Ave.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
Mailing Address
317 E. Railroad Ave.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
phone: 956-943-7602
fax: 956-943-4346
web: www.portisabelmuseums.com
Hours
Port Isabel Lighthouse Histori
Daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Port Isabel Historical Museum
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admissions
Individual sites:
Adults - $3
Senior Citizens (55 & over) - $2
Students (kinder - College) - $1

Combination Tickets for all three sites:
Adults - $7
Seniors - $5
Students - $2
Children 4 & Under, Members, Military, Police, & Firefighters with I.D. - Free
Staff
Eduard P. Meza, Director
Jeannie Marie Aby, Assistant to the Director
Description

The Museums of Port Isabel located in historic Port Isabel at the southernmost tip of Texas surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Laguna Madre Bay consists of three unique museums - the Port Isabel Lighthouse Historic Site complex, the Port Isabel Historical Museum, and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Each of the museum compliments the other and each interprets the maritime, military, art, history and culture of the Laguna Madre area. All three museums are located in the downtown historic district and are walking distance from each other as well as from restuarants,shopping,fishing, dolphin and natural history boat excursions and more.

History

The Museums of Port Isabel were established in 1996 to preserve the heritage of the area as well as to promote economic development. Funds received from the Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone as well as from private donations made it possible to open the three museums.

Artifact Collections

The artifact collections consist of items relating to the art, history and culture of the Laguna Madre area. Of note is the U.S. Mexican War artifact collections with more than 5,000 pieces, and archives consisting of documents, maps, and photographs.

Research Collections

The research collections consists of newspaper clipping files, maps, plat books, newspapers from the 1920s - 60s, documents and photogrpahs depicting the history of Port Isabeland the Shrimping and Fishing Industry.

Educational Programs

  • Telling Our Stories: Oral History Program is scheduled the last Thursday of each month from January to September at 7:00 p.m. Admission is Free.
  • Guided tours are offered with at least a two week advanced notice.
  • The Museum hosts Lighthouse Establishment Cinema in the summer months which consists of free movies shown on the side of the lighthouse tower. Historical video in shown before the movie.
  • Celebrates the Fall and Spring with Queen Isabel Arts and Heritage Festival in April and Port Isabel Lighthouse Arts and Heritage Festival in October. Tours of the museum, booths, arts, music, dance and theatre are presented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lighthouse Park.
  • "Los Colores del Muerto" Day of the Dead Festival. One of the largest in the Rio Grande Valley. One day event with food, art and craft booths, hands on activities, day of the dead altars, music, poetry readings, theater and art.
Library

Access: Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Quarterly Newsletter

  • Key to the Gulf Museum Newsletter
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    Saturday, March 5 - Tuesday, March 8, 2022 — Richmond, Virginia
    Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference 2022
    Richmond, Virginia
    Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
    2022 Public Land Alliance Convention and Trade Show
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    Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18, 2022 — Kingsport, Tennessee
    Tennessee Association of Museums 2022 Annual Conference
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    Tuesday, March 22 - Friday, March 25, 2022 — Waco, Texas
    Texas Association of Museums 2022 - Growing Together: Tackling The Challenges Of Today & Tomorrow
    Waco, Texas
    Thursday, April 7 - Saturday, April 9, 2022 — Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    West Virginia Association of Museums 2022 Conference
    Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    Sunday, April 24 - Tuesday, April 26, 2022 — Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    PA Museums’ 2022 Conference
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    Sunday, May 15 - Saturday, May 28, 2022 — Statesboro, Georgia
    Center of Excellence Tick Workshop 2022
    Statesboro, Georgia
    Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 18, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
    InterActivity 2022: Play The Long Game -Association of Children's Museums
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Thursday, May 19 - Sunday, May 22, 2022 — Slinger, Wisconsin
    2022 Fire Museum Seminar
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    Sunday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022 — Golden, Colorado
    2022 Country School Association of America Conference
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    Thursday, June 23 - Tuesday, June 28, 2022 — Tacoma, Washington
    ALHFAM 2022 CONFERENCE & ANNUAL MEETING
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    Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022 — Owings Mills, Maryland
    ASSOCIATION OF NATURE CENTER ADMINISTRATORS 2022 ANNUAL SUMMIT
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    Wednesday, September 14 - Saturday, September 17, 2022 — Buffalo, New York
    American Association for State and Local History 2022 On-site and Virual Conferences
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