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Corpus Christi, TX 78405
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Arts & Museums
Quite possibly the most famous musician to come out of Corpus Christi, Selena Quintanilla was tragically killed by the president of her own fan club in 1995. Her family built the museum after receiving letters from fans expressing their interest in a museum to commemorate the memory of the Tejano singer. On display you will find several of Selena's stage costumes, most of which she designed herself, awards and other memorabilia. The museum even has Selena's red Porsche for visitors to see. All admission revenue goes to the Selena Foundation, which helps to aid children in need and provides scholarships to promising students. The museum is located in a part of town not normally visited by tourists, about 2 miles inland from downtown.
The oldest house in Corpus Christi is more that 100 years old. Built in 1849, it was the home of Senator Forbes Britton. Constructed by Berry Gravis and Yates with local brick and scored masonry, the house got its name from it's 100th anniversary in 1949. At the time it was built it was possible to view Mann's Wharf from the house, but after years of devastating hurricanes, during the early part of the 20th Century, the shoreline was moved farther east and the sea wall was built. Amazingly, it was weathered further storms and today it is possible to tour the facility for a look back at history. Now open every first Sunday of the month. Call for special tours.
The Art Center of Corpus Chrsiti aims to promote and display the work of local artists and to educate the public about art. Aside from the gallery that is always changing with new temporary exhibitions, the establishment also has meeting halls and classrooms. The gift shop is a great place to find a unique souvenir, all articles are produced by local artists, usually items are hand made. Be sure to visit the art center's trendy restaurant, Jezebelle's for a bite to eat.
This unexpected little museum is located in the back of Surf Club Records seeks to commemorate the rich surfing history of Texas. Despite it's size, the museum is well presented with every nook and cranny of space used to its best potential. Here you will see vintage surf boards of all shapes, sizes and colors, photographs and other surfing paraphernalia. Often special exhibitions are organized that focus on a specific aspect of surfing like surfer movies and women surfers. Just look for the "woody" outside the front door of the museum.
Founded in 1995 as a cooperative artist's studio, the gallery gets its name from the Kress Five and Dime shop that was the former tenant of the building. Today, this non-profit organization aims to advance and cultivate contemporary art in South Texas. Various special exhibits are organized throughout the year. Here you will find paintings, sculptures and multi-media works on display, all done by talented local artists. Be sure to visit the gift shop for one of a kind, hand made souvenirs and small pieces of art.
Part of the Insituto de Cultura Hispanica de Corpus Christi, this small museum aims to advance and promote the history of Hispanic culture to visitors and residents of the city. With various exhibitions from all over the Hispanic world, the museum is a hidden jewel located in Lichtenstein House in Heritage Park.
Unexpectedly located in the heart of the Texas coastline, the Texas State Asian Cultures Museum exhibits pieces of art and furniture from India, China Sri Lanka, Laos and many more Asian countries. On the Second floor you will find the education center which is aimed towards teaching children about Asian cultures through costumes, storytelling and crafts. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.
The largest collection of artifacts from Japan are on display at this museum that features over 8,000 objects and documents, as well as arts and crafts from the Philippines, China, and Korea.
For an educational day out with the kids, visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, located in Bayfront Park in just across from the Art Museum of South Texas. What really draws visitors to this museum are the replicas of the Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria; the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed when he arrived in the Americas. Guided tours of the ships are available every hour and are included in the price of admission. Please note that the ships are not wheelchair accessible, reduced priced tickets are available for those with limited mobility. Aside from the ships, the museum exhibits a number of historical photographs and artifacts, some dating back to precolumbian times. There is even a special section of the museum dedicated to the history of Corpus Christi.
This building was designed by Philip Johnson, and is made of poured concrete. This 3-level structure stands majestically by the sea, and houses an interesting permanent collection and an always changing temporary exhibition. Most pieces are American contemporary and include paintings and sculptures. Be sure to look up, some glass sculptures hang from the ceiling! For the little ones there is a children's play area located downstairs. If art makes you hungry, step into the elegant Dobson cafe for a light lunch.
Consisting of the Art Museum of South Texas, the Creative Arts Center, and the Center for Hispanic Arts, this arts institute contains a permanent, comprehensive collection of approximately 1,864 works of art in a wide variety of both styles and mediums, with a particular emphasis on works by artists associated with the state of Texas. Diverse exhibition and educational programs are also available.
This retired aircraft carrier was once used as a training facility but is now a floating museum. Resting pleasantly on Corpus Christi Bay, this impressive ship is a sight to see from the coast. There is a free shuttle that takes you from land all the way up a long ramp to the ships hangar entrance. Aboard the ship you will be able to explore the flight deck, the control and navigation rooms and even the captain's quarters. Also on the ship is an extensive World War II and Pearl Harbor exhibit. Be sure to drop by the theater to catch some authentic military footage and exceptional documentaries. The gift shop is a must for souvenirs and military memorabilia.