The Texas Maritime Museum began as an idea at the Rockport annual Seafair Festival in the late 1970s where maritime enthusiasts would bring their outboard motors and fishing items for public view. A community-wide effort was begun to establish a maritime museum. In 1987 the Texas Legislature named the Texas Maritime Museum the official Maritime Museum of the State of Texas and the museum’s doors opened the summer of 1989.

From that summer in 1989, the mission of the museum has been to entertain and educate the public about Texas maritime history and artifacts.  The museum is a family venue offering maritime activities and exhibits of interest to children (e.g. Family Day) and adults alike with collections, exhibits and library including:


  • History and technology of offshore petroleum production and transportation
  • History and development of Texas seaports and maritime communities along the Gulf of Mexico
  • Exploration and settlement history of the Texas Gulf Coast beginning with the Spanish and French
  • History of the Texas seafood and fishing industry
  • Collection of books in library on a variety of maritime topics


Permanent exhibits at the Texas Maritime Museum revolve around four main themes:

  • Exploration and Settlement - Told through the LaSalle Odyssey
  • Oil and Gas Exploration – Includes an interactive kiosk and a scale model of Bullwinkle, the largest offshore drilling platform in history
  • Commercial and Sports Fishing - Illustrates how important the fishing industry is the Texas economy
  • Boat and Shipbuilding – Explores the different shipyards and Texas area boatbuilders


Rockport, Texas is an established Texas maritime port and the Texas Maritime Museum adds flavor to this town worthy of a visit to gain a deeper appreciation of the Texas Gulf Coast.



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