Maritime and Naval Museums: Texas, USA.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Museum

1900 North Chaparral,
Corpus Christi, TX 78401.

Telephone: +1 512 883 2862

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-17:00 and Sunday 14:00-17:00.

Primary exhibit is artifacts recovered from two Spanish ships wrecked in 1554.

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

P.O. Box 23076,
Corpus Christi, TX 78403-3076.

Telephone: +1 512 888 4873

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 09:00-17:00, Sunday 11:00-17:00. Closed Christmas Day.

The aircraft carrier USS Lexington built in 1942.


Admiral Nimitz State Historical Park

P.O. Box 777,
340 East Main St,
Fredricksburg, TX 78624.

Telephone: +1 512 997 4379.

Opening hours: Daily 08:00-17:00.

Museum of the Pacific War; Ship sections, including the Fire Control area of a cruiser. Display on famed Japanese warship from Russo-Japanese war: while touring Japan after the war, Nimitz found the ship in terrible condition, and had it set in concrete and made suitable for display.

The HA-19, a Japanese midget submarine which was built in 1938 and was beached at Pearl Harbor after the attack is also on display.


Seawolf Park

P.O. Box 3306,
Pelican Island, TX 77552

Telephone: +1 409 744 5738 or 713 744 5043

The Pelican Island is a former quarantine station.

Both ships are open for self-guided tours.

Texas Seaport Museum

Galveston Historical Foundation,
Pier 21,
2016 Strand,
Galveston, TX 77550.

Telephone: +1 409 763 1877

Opening hours: Sunday-Friday 10:00-17:00; Saturday 10:00-18:00.

Museum ship: Elissa (1877), a three-masted iron barque.

La Porte

Battleship Texas State Historical Park
3527 Battleground Rd.,
La Porte, TX 77571.

Telephone: +1 713 479 2411

Opening hours: September-May, daily 10:00-17:00; June-August, daily 10:00-18:00. Closed during Christmas. Self-guided tours.

The battleship USS Texas (1912), is the only remaining warship which saw service during both World Wars.

The WWII torpedo boat PT 309 is currently being restored at this site.


Texas Maritime Museum

1202 Navigation Circle,
P.O. Box 1836,
Rockport, TX 78382.

Telephone: +1 512 729 1271

Opening hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 12:30-17:00. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and Easter.

The museum, which was founded in 1975, features Texas maritime history. There are also several Texas coastal workboats.

Updated 1999-05-12 by Lars Bruzelius.

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