Browse over 1,300 pieces of Mexican and Southwestern art at The Art Museum of South Texas. The museum is located in downtown Corpus Christi, in a building that could be considered a work of art itself.
The Art Museum of South Texas reflects and captures the glow of sunlight and moonlight on the edge of the Corpus Christi bay. The building itself is a work of art. Inside, there are more than 1,300 pieces in the museum's permanent collection, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, collages, mixed media, ceramics and textiles.
The original museum building was designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson and opened in 1972. The newest wing, which doubles the museum's size, was designed by internationally recognized architect Ricardo Legorreta of Mexico City. Together, the two wings complement each other and showcase the museum's ever-growing permanent collection, along with its magnificent temporary exhibits.
The Art Museum of South Texas is known for featuring ground-breaking exhibits and inventive displays to showcase exciting new works of art. The museum is funded through a partnership with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the City of Corpus Christi and donations from the private sector.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History invites guests to explore the unique history of South Texas. Check out the historical artifacts, archeology and natural history exhibits that detail the story of the area.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is a cultural institution in the city, featuring exhibits and a collection of artifacts that tell the history of the New World as it unfolded on the Gulf Coast.
Opened in 1957, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History has grown to more than 85,000 square feet and has preserved 87,000 artifacts and cataloged over 400,000 photographs and records.
Some of the most unique attractions at the museum are the life-sized replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria ships. The vessels were a gift from Spain to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World. They were constructed from authentic 15th century materials, including wood from the same forest as Columbus' ships and hand-forged nails.
Other maritime exhibits include an interactive shipwreck display, artifacts related to French explorer Robert Cavelier and the Children's Wharf, a hands-on learning center for children ages 3 to 7.
Other exhibits at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History showcase items like shells, Native-American crafts, bird and reptile eggs that chronicle the history and culture of South Texas.
Travel back in time and explore the history of the homes at Heritage Park & Cultural Center. There are 12 Victorian house museums in the park, highlighted by the 100-year-old Galván House. Plenty of festivals and other free outdoor activities are held here year round.
Located just north of downtown Corpus Christi, Heritage Park transports visitors back in time. Here, turn-of-the-century homes have been relocated and restored to their original condition. The nine homes now are occupied by the offices of non-profit organizations.
Originally, the area was known as 'Irishtown,' until severe damage from the Hurricane of 1919 swept away most of the homes from the area.
Visitors can take a self-guided tour at any time, and can look inside the homes during operating hours of the non-profits that occupy them. Guided tours are also available during the week. Hours are limited, so call ahead.
The enclave of relocated houses tells the story of many well-known families who helped build and steer the city.
The homes include:
Stop by the Texas Surf Museum to get a little taste of surfing history. The museum is the only one of its kind in the state and features wooden longboards, photos and films to illustrate the sport's long history.
Learn the ins and outs of a real military maritime vessel. The USS Lexington Museum is an actual World War II aircraft carrier with history as anchored down solid as the ship itself. Hear the stories of "The Blue Ghost" and its role in the war.
The USS Lexington Museum is a World War II aircraft carrier that now serves as a museum on the Corpus Christi Bay. The storied ship was decommissioned in 1991 after setting more records than any other carrier in U.S. Navy history.
Today the Lexington Museum on the Bay is a showcase for the heroics of sailors, pilots and military personnel who fought for freedom during the war.
Visitors can experience a day in the life of an American soldier in the ship's flight simulator, the virtual battle stations and the 3-story MEGAtheater.
The floating museum features self-guided tours through the ship's maze of tunnels and ladders.
Five self-guided tours cover 100,000 square feet and 11 decks. Sections of the ship that are open to the public include the hangar deck, engine room and sick bay, gallery deck, flight deck, navigation bridge, pilot house and chart house.
Soon after it was commissioned in 1943, the USS Lexington symbolized the perseverance and determination of American troops.
At the time, the USS Lexington was stationed at Pearl Harbor and participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific. Japanese factions had reported four separate times that the ship had sunk. But each time she returned to fight again, earning the nickname "The Blue Ghost."
During the ship's retirement, new sections of the ship have been restored and opened to the public on a regular basis.
The USS Lexington Museum was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003.