The Texas Maritime Museum is the official maritime museum for the state of Texas located across from the harbor in beautiful Rockport, Texas!
The origin of the Texas Maritime Museum began in the '70s at Rockport's Annual Seafair Festival where maritime enthusiasts gathered and brought out their personal collections of mounted fish, fishing equipment and motors. It began as a community wide project spear-headed by a few dedicated members. The doors to the Texas Maritime Museum opened on July 1, 1989.
In 1987 the Texas Legislature named the Texas Maritime Museum the official Maritime Museum of the State of Texas, re-stated in perpetuity in 2007. The Museum is a designated 501(c)3 non-profit, however, no state or federal funds are collected, but rely solely on the generosity of patrons and members as well as four annual fundraisers.
Exhibits in the Texas Maritime Museum revolve around four themes projecting historical maritime history in Texas. You will find:
- Boat and Shipbuilding explores different shipyards and area boat builders.
- Commercial and Sports Fishing - you will learn how the large scale fishing and shrimping industries developed.
- Oil and Gas Exploration features an interactive kiosk and a scale model of Bullwinkle, the largest offshore drilling platform in history.
- Exploration and Settlement - Exploration tells the story of the LaSalle Odyssey, an ill-fated French expedition in search of the Mississippi River in 1685-86. Settlement exhibit focuses on the development of the maritime communities Indianola and Galveston.
Education Programs include:
School Groups & Education Resources - School group tours have been redesigned to fit your school class or group with seven different tours. Don’t see a lesson that is right for your class? We’ll custom make one for you! Just give us a call and tell us what you would theme you would like your class to learn about Texas Maritime History.
Homeschool Days - Texas Maritime Museum offers classes for the homeschool students in the Coastal Bend area for grades 1-8, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Classes focuses on technology, history and science throughout the school year. Registrations are suggested, and cost is $6.
Camps - Spring and Summer camps are available for ages pre-K through 5th grade.
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, runs January through March (excluding the week of spring break). Lectures are held every Monday, 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Doors open at 11:45) in the Museum Education Center. The series consists of 11 weeks of FREE Lectures on a variety of topics relating to maritime history, museum programming, museum exhibits or the Coastal Bend community and environments.
Seafaring Saga Movie Nights
Seafaring Saga Movie Nights celebrate maritime history and entertainment in films. A great number of films have a maritime setting, and what better way to spend your evenings than viewing a maritime themed movie on the Texas Maritime Museum’s big screen. Enjoy a FREE movie experience on the 2nd Thursday of the month, January through May.
Multiple Membership Levels
Support the Museum by becoming a member. Here are the details of the multiple membership levels available.
All members receive unlimited admission, subscription to the LogLine, personalized membership card, use of the Museum Library and the latest information on the Texas Maritime Museum’s programs and events, including:
- Rockport Festival of Wine & Food
- Belle Ball
- Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
- Halloween on the Harbor
- Special Exhibitions
- Members Only Events
Annual Texas Maritime Museum Fundraising Events include:
- Mah Jongg Tournament
- Rockport Festial of Food and Wine
- Belle Ball
Senior (60+) or Active Military $6
Children 3-12 $3
Under 3 are Free.
Hours of Operation
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.m Tuesday through Saturday
1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sunday
The Museum is closed on Mondays.
Please check our calendar for specific Holiday closings.