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Port Isabel Historical Museum

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Address: 317 E Railroad Ave, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4107
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+1 956-943-7602
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Chock full of Texas History

Most people know about the Light House Museum in Port Isabel, but this museum must be the best kept secret in town. The Champion Building, built in 1899 as a dry goods store... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2015
jan g
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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

This museum commemorates the history of the Port Isabel area. America, Mexican, and Texas history were also highlighted. We spent about 1 1/2 hours there. The interactive exhibits were not working.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

Most people know about the Light House Museum in Port Isabel, but this museum must be the best kept secret in town. The Champion Building, built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence by Charles Champion, is now a state-of-the-art facility that has two exhibit levels, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

If you enjoy history, you'll enjoy this gem of a museum. I was surprised by the amount of history that this area offered period. Things I never even knew. And I was taught TX History in school. The staff is very friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

With the combined tickets for the Lighthouse and Treasure museum it's only a few bucks and a great way to learn about local history in an informative way. Plus it gives you time to get out of sun and cool off for a bit. We enjoyed it but had to rush though so we didn't get to see the upstairs.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Beautiful and Breath Taking views. This was beautiful 50 years ago and it has been maintained quite well. The staff who work there are friendly, accommodating and helpful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

It's amazing what a rich and storied past this area has- the museum does a great job of telling this through pictures and artifacts. Kids especially will enjoy the Treasures museum where they can dress up in costumes and act. Small and easy to see- a good respite from the sun.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

We really enjoyed strolling around the museum and reading the exhibits. We were there on a weekday and it was not crowded at all. We could take our time and learn quite a bit about the local history.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

The combo deal makes it worth it. Both museums were small but had interesting artifacts and were cheap. The lighthouse has a great view and is worth the climb, but might be too intense for little kids.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

This was not very professional. The Light House is being restored so you could not buy bundled tickets. The museum is not organized and some of their exhibits looked like they were done by school kids. Interesting topic. But when you have to pay you expect more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2014

Great place to go when its to hot for the beach or a rainy day. If you visit all 3 locations you get a discount. I highly recommend this attraction.

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