Steam locomotive with bell

On loan to Museum is the bell from the train that brought the rocks to build the jetties.

Visit the Port Aransas Museum located at the corner of North Alister Street and East Brundrett Street.  361-749-3800.

This early 1900’s “kit” house showcases Port Aransas history.  Open every Thur, Fri, and Sat from 1-5 p.m., with tours given by volunteer docents.


Admission is free but donations are happily accepted.

Permanent Exhibits

Some of the permanent exhibits include the Fourth Order Fresnel lens that graced the top of the Lydia Ann Lighthouse from 1878 to 1952, films of Port Aransas in the 1920’s and 1930’s, over 12,000 photos and documents about Port Aransas, video interviews by important islanders, and more.

On loan to Museum is the bell from the train that brought the rocks to build the jetties.  It’s set up and waiting for you to ring it!

Gift Shop

Be sure to stop by the Museum Gift Shop when you visit us.

We carry a great selection of gifts you can’t find anywhere else, and most of them are handmade by local artists and artisans.  The majority of our books are penned by local historians and writers.  When someone buys an item in the gift shop of the museum they not only help preserve history, they encourage an area artist.  That’s definitely a winning combination!

The gift shop is also THE place to purchase vintage photos of Port Aransas.  Choose from our wide, constantly changing stock, printed with archival inks on archival grade paper, mounted on lightweight foam-board, and ready to hang.

And, of course, we have t-shirts!