7648 Memorial Blvd.
Port Arthur, TX 77642
Phone: (409) 729-8880
Fax: (409) 729-5550
Arts & Museums
Take a short drive down the Gulf Coast and you will find this beautiful mural-walled museum that has been open since 1994. Depicting local history from the age of the dinosaurs to present-day bird watchers, the museum offers attractions to please all ages and interests. Texas was admitted into the Union as the 28th state in 1845 and one of the rare original drafts of this historic document is proudly on display. Other special exhibits include paintings, artifacts, sculptures, Sabine Pass Civil War souvenirs, a musical history room and a Legends of Government room.
Spindletop is the spot where oil was first discovered in the state of Texas. The Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum is a tribute to this discovery which was the catalyst in turning Texxas into the state it is today with its rich oil fields. The museum has a replica of the gusher on Spindletop as well as the oil derricks there which were made of wood. Sometimes, the museum switched it on so that a jet of water shoots upwards, commemorating the similar occurrence in Spindletop.
This beautiful colonial mansion was built in the early 20th century by Texas oil and cattle pioneers, Perry and Ida McFaddin. Designed by one of Beaumont's first educated architects, it includes 12,500 square feet of space with sweeping porches, large white columns, fine furnishings and valuable antiques. The Colonial Revival style was equipped with many modern comforts for this early period of the century. Daughter Mamie set up a museum foundation to preserve the family's history and heirlooms for future generations to enjoy. Call for information about special events and group rates. Guided tours are offered throughout the day.
The Stark Museum of Art is the vision of H.J. Lutcher and Nelda C. Stark. Opened in 1978, it is among the best repositories in the country featuring Western American art from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Its impressive collection includes Western, Decorative and American Indian art and rare manuscripts. Check the dramatic landscapes, wildlife, sculptures, prints, objects and pottery. Stroll through the five galleries that house the works of artists like Charles Marion Russell, John James Audubon, Georgia O’Keeffe and Frederic Remington. You can buy posters and books from their on-site store as well.