Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History - Corpus Christi TX

Our exhibits offer a close-up look at more than 500 years of South Texas life, from the shipwrecks and ecology of early explorers, to our natural history.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History has 37 reviews. "So, this is where Nina and Pinta and Santa Maria went???? It's not. They're replicas. They are made of the exact same materials as their original counterparts. The Santa Maria and Pinta, however, are the only ones who can be toured and walked around. The Nina can be seen across the path if one looks from the CC Museum.

While I didn't know why they left, both ships were interesting. It was not what I expected, but I got a lot from the museum. You will find plenty of information about ships, sea creatures and Texas history. They are really, truly fascinating! But if you decide to go on the guided tours outside to see the ships, be prepared to get hot and sweaty! We were there in April/May. It was hot and humid. *Whew! * I can already feel it in my bones!

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Over 40,000 square feet of exhibits and history are featured at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. It showcases 500 years of South Texas' history. Visit exhibits that showcase artifacts relating to historic shipwrecks (such as La Belle), decorative arts and the area surrounding Corpus Christi. Museum Live allows you to see the history of our country come alive. Theatre exhibits.

You will meet the General Store owner, after which you can experience Southern hospitality in the original shellcrete kitchen. For an authentic "old school" experience, step back in time to 1800s times with the one-room schoolhouse.

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Look at artifacts resulting from the oldest known shipwreck excavation in Western hemisphere - the Spanish ships San Esteban, and Espirtu Santo. These wrecks were discovered off Padre Island on 1554.

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Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History preserves and collects cultural and natural history objects, with a focus on South Texas and the place it holds in the wider world. You will find educational exhibitions as well as programs that encourage you to learn about the collections. To operate Museum facilities, the City has formed a partnership with a private firm.

La Belle: The Ship That Changed History was organized by Bullock Texas State History Museum, Texas Historical Commission, Texas A&M University, and the Musee National de la Marine. State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Texas State History Museum Foundation provided support for the La Belle program.

Check out the video below for more information on the Texas Historical Commission excavation of La Belle the French Ship and related artifacts. These videos were made for our Texas Time Travel mobile application's La Salle Odysessy trip. Find out more about the tour on the La Salle Odysessy theme page: 

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Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, which covers the Texas gulf Coast Heritage and Natural Sciences with more than 40,000 square foot of exhibits. The collection includes artifacts including horse-drawn buggies that were used in Corpus Christi's early avenues as well as tools from the Karankawa tribe.

Museum actually studies two of the most famous shipwrecks in Texas: French explorer Robert Cavelier's La Belle (a barque longue which sank a quarter-mile offshore in Matagorda Bay) and three Spanish treasure boats that were destroyed in an earthquake off Padre Island. Cannons, anchors, ship timbers, gold and silver, as well as small-sized, beautifully handcrafted crucifixes from Spain, are some of the museum’s shipwreck collections.

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Inaugural opening of the interactive exhibit is scheduled for mid-2015. The interactive children's show will educate children about STEM topics, including DNA, geometry, outer space, and more.

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