While Corpus Christi is known for its beaches, bay views and seafood, it is also very rich in culture and history. The best way to unlock these treasures is with a visit to the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, which showcases over 500 years of South Texas history, offers a variety of hands-on exhibits for all ages and has thousands of artifacts on display.
Your visit starts by walking through a life sized Spanish shipwreck from 1554 while learning about the first colonists of Padre Island. This exhibit showcases everything from the ship’s routes, cargo, weapons and even their four-legged stowaways.
Next is an exhibit hall complete with horse drawn buggies, period clothing, a turn of the century replica of downtown Corpus Christi and even a variety of authentic saddles for wanna-be explorers to try out! Take your time in the Gallery of Cultural Encounters and walk through the Dome Room – which displays an authentic, 16th century, carved wood ceiling from Castile, Spain. History buffs and all your little soldiers will enjoy the Guns and Ammunitions room which boasts an impressive array of artifacts dating back to the 1500’s.
But don’t think the museum is just about history. Beachcombers will enjoy the beautiful displays of minerals and shells found on Padre Island, aspiring athletes can play soccer with a dinosaur in the paleontology exhibit and don’t forget to visit the Children’s Wharf. This large play area has something for the whole family including interactive exhibits, costumes and giant foam building blocks. Kids can also “play by the bay” in the museum’s outdoor playground. Before leaving, don’t forget to visit the museum’s large gift shop which sells educational toys and activities for children of all ages.
Located in the museum district, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is a great starting off point to a fun and interesting day. Other nearby points of interest include the Museum of Asian Cultures, the South Texas Institute for the Arts and the Harbor Playhouse Theatre, one of the oldest continually operating community theatres in Texas. Heritage Park, where a number of older restored houses can be found, is also close by. Last but not least, the beautiful Corpus Christi Water Gardens are located right outside the museum, and a short scenic drive over the Harbor Bridge takes you to the USS Lexington and Texas State Aquarium.
By Gabi De La Rosa