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[Temporarily closed.] Port Isabel lighthouse. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Treasures of the Gulf Museum and Port Isabel Historical Museum are temporarily closed.

HISTORIC PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE OPEN [Temporarily closed]

The historic Port Isabel Lighthouse is open to the public with restrictions in place. Weather permitting, hours of operation will be Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center [Wednesday – Friday] & at the Lighthouse [Wednesday – Sunday]. Credit or debit card only. (Hours of operation are subject to change. You are encouraged to call the Visitors Center at 956-943-2262).

The park at the Lighthouse is open to the public. The Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center/Chamber of Commerce is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 The Port Isabel Historical Lighthouse is a Texas Historical Commission State Historic Site.

Ticket prices are $5.00 (adults); $4.00 (seniors 55+); $3.00 (children* under 4.) For more information call the Port Isabel Visitors Center at (956) 943-2262.

VISITORS CENTER IS OPEN: For more information call the Port Isabel Visitors Center at 956-943-2262. Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

www.portisabellighthouse.com.

MUSEUMS

The Museums of Port Isabel is a complex consisting of three diverse facilities, the Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and the Point Isabel Lighthouse. All three are within walking distance of each other and are open year around to the public.


PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE
Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands. In 1952, the Lighthouse was opened as a State Park and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf coast open to the public. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage which is on the grounds of the Lighthouse, is open to the public and houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Port Isabel Visitors Center. There is no admission charge to the Keepers Cottage. Lighthouse tickets can be purchased at the Keepers Cottage or at the Lighthouse. A combination ticket is available. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. or 1/2 hour before closing. [Temporarily closed].

Keepers Cottage Hours (Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce): Monday – Friday 9a – 5p. Saturday 10a – 4p. 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel. (956) 943-2262.

PORT ISABEL HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Port Isabel Historical Museum is a state-of-the-art facility located in the Champion Building. Built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, it now houses two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S.-Mexican War. The facade features the famous ‘fish mural’ painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. (956) 374-9003.

  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10a – 4p. TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

TREASURES OF THE GULF MUSEUM
Treasures of the Gulf Museum spotlights three 1554 Spanish shipwrecks. Meeting their fate just 30 miles north of Port Isabel, they are brought to life with murals, artifacts and hands-on activities. Also featured is a Children’s Discovery Lab, Ship Theater and Nautical Gift Shop. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. (956) 374-9003.

  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10a – 4p. TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

For more information call: (956) 374-9003.