Last updated: 10/24/2011
Houston, Texas
Street Address
2204 Dorrington
Houston, TX 77030
Mailing Address
2204 Dorrington
Houston, TX 77030
Hours
Sunday, Tuesday - Saturday9 AM - 4:30 PM
and by appointment
Admissions
Members and Military: Free
Public: $5
12 and under: $3
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Mary Barnes, Museum Contact
John Kendall, Executive Director
Lorena Alvarez, Master Ship Modeler
Description

The Houston Maritime Museum features over 150 models from around the world representing ships from ancient history through our nation's modern navy and commercial ships. Models include battleships, destroyers, submarines, aircraft carriers, clipper ships, side-and stern-wheel paddleboats, sailing warships, ships of the age of exploration, modern merchant ships, freighters, tankers, and semisubmersibles. In addition, the museum is home to a world class collection of marine navigation belonging to retired Navy Lieutenant Commander John Luykx. This collection includes astrolabes, nautical quadrants, sextants and many other tools of maritime navigation.

PORT OF HOUSTON EXHIBIT

One of the highlights of the Museum is an exhibit on the Port of Houston. As the second largest port in terms of gross tonnage, the Port of Houston contributes significantly to both the local and national economy. This exhibit describes the history of the Port and its development over time and features a number of historic and current photos depicting the various organizations and entities that comprise the complex port system. Artifacts, photos, and labels tell visitors of the many items that come through the port every day and provide an overview of the career opportunities created by the maritime industries.

Research Collections

We have a non-lending library specializing in maritime books and magazines available for patrons wishing to do research.

The Museum hosts the Gulf Coast Historical Ship Modelers Society.

Gift Shop

Our gift shop sells nautically themed items including ship models and gifts for the home and office.

Ship Restoration

The Houston Maritime Museum staff can repair and restore all types of ship models and nautical instruments. The staff can also make glass and acrylic cases as well as wood molding bases to protect and display your models. Call Lorena Alvarez, Master Modeler and Restorer, at 713-666-1910 for a free consultation

Event Rental

The museum has a modestly sized room available for rentals for groups of up to 100 people. Whether it is for your office Holiday party or your organization’s monthly meeting, HMM is a great place to host your social event.

Mission

Our Mission is to capture and preserve the wonder and influence of maritime history and the marine industry with focus on the development of Houston, the Texas Gulf Coast, and the State of Texas.

Educational Programs

The Museum hosts a monthly lecture series and has an active speakers bureau that can provide lectures to groups of all ages and sizes both on- and off-site. The museum can also provide TEKs-based lessons on science, math, social studies, and geography and welcomes scouting and home school groups. The museum offers workshops for Boy and Cub Scouts to earn their Model Building and Design merit badge.

Facilities

Lecture Halls

Library

Access: General Public

Appointment required: No

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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MUSEUM CONFERENCES
Monday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 — Washington, District of Columbia
2021 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Washington, District of Columbia
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
St. Louis, Missouri
Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18, 2022 — Kingsport, Tennessee
Tennessee Association of Museums 2022 Annual Conference
Kingsport, Tennessee
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, 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
Slinger, Wisconsin
Sunday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022 — Golden, Colorado
2022 Country School Association of America Conference
Golden, Colorado
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022 — Owings Mills, Maryland
ASSOCIATION OF NATURE CENTER ADMINISTRATORS 2022 ANNUAL SUMMIT
Owings Mills, Maryland
Wednesday, September 14 - Saturday, September 17, 2022 — Buffalo, New York
American Association for State and Local History 2022 On-site and Virual Conferences
Buffalo, New York