The Texas Maritime Museum

The Texas Maritime Museum is an awesome place to take the whole family on your trip to Rockport. Its history can be traced back to the annual Seafair Festival in the 1970’s where people would bring out their collection of motors, fishing equipment, and mounted fish for people to look at. The museum took this a step further by making a permanent collection of these items and documented their history to teach the public about Texas Maritime. The museum is nonprofit and gets no government funding. In 2005 the Texas Maritime Museum was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums which only 5 percent of all museums in Texas have been accredited by.

There are four permanent exhibits which are:

  • Settlement and Exploration- tells about the first occupants of the coastal bend and the development of maritime communities.
  • Oil and Gas Exploration- explores the technology used in the extraction of petroleum.
  • Allure of Fishing- shows the different types of motors and lures used in sports fishing and tells about the commercial fishing industry.
  • Maritime Commerce- explores the different ship yards and how the maritime communities developed inland and how goods were transported along the Gulf of Mexico.

The Current Temporary exhibit is:

  • A Day in the Life- this exhibit focuses of the crew members on the ship called La Bella which tell the story of the ill-fated French expedition of René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in search of the Mississippi River in 1685-86.

Admission is only 8 dollars for adults, 6 dollars for seniors and active military, and 3 dollars for children ages 3-12. The hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm. Your whole family will love exploring the exciting history of our coastal town at this museum. Keep up to date on the current exhibits at Make sure to book your trip to Rockport now at