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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Art Center Of Corpus Christi
Art Center Of Corpus Christi

(361) 884-6406

100 N Shoreline Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78401   Directions Website

An architectural gem on the city's bayfront, The Art Center of Corpus Christi is home to 11 arts organizations, and showcases works from local and area artists in rotating exhibitions. The 14,400-square-foot building houses a main gallery and four studios, including a clay studio that encourages artists to complete works-in-progress in front of visitors.

The Art Center also offers art classes, to express your own creativity in photos, watercolors, oils, sculpture or other media. Workshops, outreach projects and other events to promote the arts to the public are an integral part of the Art Center of Corpus Christi as well.


Art Museum of South Texas
Art Museum of South Texas

(361) 825-3500

1902 N Shoreline Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78401   Directions Website

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.

Cain Art Gallery | Del Mar College
Cain Art Gallery | Del Mar College

(361) 698-1216

101 Baldwin Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78404   Directions Website

Witness and esteem showcased artwork by local students, faculty, regional and national artists at Cain Art Gallery at Ayers campus of Del Mar College. Here you will be enriched and encouraged to appreciate and understand art in new and proficient ways by exploring its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art displayed in a dignified, distinguished and noble setting.

Located on the first floor of the Art Department, the Cain Art Gallery intends to appeal to a wide audience stimulating and educating the student artist while providing a source of cultural enrichment for Del Mar College students and the wider community. 

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

(361) 826-4667

1900 N Chaparral St
Corpus Christi, TX 78401   Directions Website

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.

Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Educational Center
Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Educational Center

(361) 881-8827

1809 N Chaparral St
Corpus Christi, TX 78401   Directions Website

Learn about ancient customs of Asia while gazing at the artistry of Japanese kimonos, porcelains and even a rickshaw. Admire the beauty of artifacts from India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, The Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, and Laos. The treasures, stories and richness of each country’s people await you at the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center to take a trip through Asia you will always remember!

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! All year round the festive atmosphere of this most important Chinese holiday will surround you. Beautiful Chinese artificats and a collection of intricately-carved pieces are sure to be among the high points of your visit. The Museum also offers many educational classes for students and the general public each year and is open to gatherings and special events with an Asian flair.

Texas Surf Museum
Texas Surf Museum

(361) 882-2364

309 N Water St
Corpus Christi, TX 78401   Directions Website

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.

The Selena Museum
The Selena Museum

(361) 289-9013

5410 Leopard St
Corpus Christi, TX 78408   Directions Website

Come share the desire of thousands who wrote to the Quintanilla family expressing their hope to have the memory of legendary Tejano star and amazing young talent Selena shared with the public and many adoring and loyal fans not only from South Texas but from around the country and from around the world. The Selena Museum stands as both a memorial to the achievements and life of their beloved daughter.

The museum is quickly becoming one of the top tourist attractions in South Texas while it continues to attract a steady flow of visitors from all 50 States and from as far away places as Australia and Japan. You may join those who are eager to experience the city that Selena called home while also visiting her memorial and graveside. "Always belive that the impossible is possible."

USS Lexington Museum
USS Lexington Museum

(361) 888-4873

2914 N Shoreline Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78402   Directions Website

Take a step back into history aboard the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, a World War II aircraft carrier with a storied history. Nicknamed "The Blue Ghost," the maritime vessel includes virtual battle stations and a flight simulator, an IMAX theater and more. Tours of the Bayfront attraction will take you through the different areas of the ship, and some guests even say they can feel the presence of the heroes who fought aboard this historic carrier.

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.

University Galleries | Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
University Galleries | Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

(361) 825-5752

Center for the Arts 6300 Ocean Dri 1st Fl
Corpus Christi, TX 78411   Directions

Take an easy and meaningful stroll through The University Galleries at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi which include both the Weil Gallery, located on campus on the First Floor of the Center for Arts on campus and the Islander Art Gallery, an off-campus facility located at the intersection of Staples and Weber Roads. 

Here you will be subtly impressed by the traditional gallery spaces used for the exhibition of work by TAMU-CC graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and visiting artists from the local, national, and international contexts. Exhibitions held at these venues serve the immediate Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus as well as the greater Corpus Christi community and beyond. 

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