Museums of Port Isabel

The Treasures of the Gulf Museum is open! Due to construction, please use the entrance on Highway 100.

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.

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 4:30 p.m. or 1/2 hour before closing.

  • Summer Hours: Daily 9a – 7p
  • Winter Hours: Daily 9a – 5p

Keepers Cottage Hours (year around): Monday – Friday 9a – 5p. Saturday 10a – 4p. 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel. 956/943-2262.

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.

  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10a – 4p. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.

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 Theatre and Nautical Gift Shop. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10a to 4p. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602

Individual Site Ticket:

  • to the Port Isabel Lighthouse OR the Treasures of the Gulf Museum
    OR the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

    • Adults: $3.00
    • Senior Citizens*: $2.00
    • Students**: $1.00
    • Children 4 & Under (must be at least 38″ and 4 years old tall to climb the lighthouse): Free
    • Museum Member***: Free

    Combination Site Ticket:
    to the Port Isabel Lighthouse AND the Treasures of the Gulf Museum
    AND the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

    • Adults: $7.00
    • Senior Citizens*: $5.00
    • Students**: $2.00
    • Children 4 & Under (must be at least 38? tall to climb the lighthouse): Free
    • Museum Member***: Free

    Planning a Tour? For rates and information regarding organization and school group tours call Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602 or email: Tour form here> mopi_tour_infoform.

    *Senior Citizens (55 & over); **Students (K – College with ID); ***Museum Member (with Membership Card)

    All ticket sales are final. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Museum facilities or at the Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage and need not be redeemed in the same visit.

2014 Lighthouse Establishment Cinema Movie! Friday 7/25 AVENGERS 9:30p

This Friday’s (July 25) movie at 9:30 p.m.! AVENGERS!


Port Isabel’s Lighthouse Establishment Cinema celebrates 10 years!

A decade the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema was created to offer families, both local and those visiting, an opportunity to enjoy a unique and memorable experience at the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.  The event is free and open to the family. Concessions are sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and those wanting to bring snacks and drinks can do so.


The 2014 season begins June 6th at 9:30 p.m. Showtimes are every Friday during June & July beginning at 9:30 p.m.

2014 Schedule

June 6: MonstersUniversity
June 13: Despicable Me 2
June 20: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
June 27: Rocky
July 4: Iron Man 3
July 11: Frozen
July 18: Free Birds
July 25: Avengers

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Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration 7/4 10a-2p


Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration!

Friday, July 4, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parade (Start Garriga Elementary. To: South Shore Drive. End: WashingtonPark)
Food (Free Hotdogs)
Music (DJ Epifanio Valdez)
(Costume Contest, Sack Race, Best Float, Hotdog Eating Contest,
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest)

Sponsored by:
City of Port Isabel
Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation
Museums of Port Isabel

Parade Entry contact: Robert Salinas (956)943-0705
Vendor contact: Jeannie Flores (956)943-0789

Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration and Parade

Mayor Joe E. Vega and the Port Isabel City Commissioners invite the public to attend the Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration and Parade. The parade will begin at 10am at GarrigaElementary School and follows a route to South Shore Drive continuing down Musina Street, and finishing at WashingtonPark. There will be a celebration at WashingtonPark immediately following the parade.

The City of Port Isabel is excited and proud to celebrate this special day with the community. Music and games including a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack race, best costume and hotdog eating contest will be featured. Food vendors will be set up in WashingtonPark and free hotdogs will be given courtesy of Blue Marlin and HEB.

The Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration is sponsored by the City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation and the Museums of Port Isabel. For more information about the event contact Robert Salinas at (956) 943-0705. For vendor information contact Jeannie Flores at (956) 943-7602.

Telling Our Stories! Linda Garrett “Ghost Tours” 5/22 7p

LINDA GARRETT: “Ghost Tours of Port Isabel!”

            The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2014 on Thursday, May 22nd, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Ghost Tours”, by Linda Garrett.

Linda was born and raised in Central Illinois, the land of Lincoln, along with her husband Mike.  After 25 years of corporate America in the Dallas, Ft. Worth area, Mike and Linda relocated to Laguna Vista.   They owned and operated Coastal Mailbox in Port Isabel store until fully retiring in June of 2012.

Linda’s interest in the spiritual realm began early.  She was keenly aware of relatives past in her maternal grandmother’s four (4) generation Victorian farm house complete with a widow’s walk.  Linda’s family including her father, sister, two (2) sons and two (2) of the four (4) grandchildren are extremely sensitive and all have had personal experiences with the spirits.

The ghost tours became reality in Port Isabel as a result of Linda’s community involvement in the Chamber of Commerce and the Merchant Committee.   After a couple of years of talking about ghost tours, a collaboration of the Chamber of Commerce, PI Museums, EDC and the public library, the tours were launched October of 2010 in conjunction with the month long celebration of “Dia de los Muertos”, Day of the Dead.  The success of the tours is the history and events unique to Port Isabel.

Please join us for an interested evening with Linda Garrett.  All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Sponsored By:
Ms. Carolyn Hauschildt
 “Art * Sea Gallery & Goods”

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the last Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is free.

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit or you may also send an email to

Art Exhibit Reception 5/8 4-8p MARIA GUTHRIE

An invitation to:


Opening reception on May 8, 2014 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the

Treasures of the Gulf Museum
317 E. Railroad Avenue
Port Isabel, Texas 78578

Local Artist Maria Guthrie shares her love of nature, botanicals and still life.

For more information call Jeannie Flores, Museum Director 2 956/943-7602 or email


Gabriel Trevino to Exhibit “Defining a Culture” during March & April (Reception 3/5 5-8p)

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Mexican-American painter Gabriel Trevino will open a one man show at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Trevino will present a collection of paintings for a show he titled “Defining a Culture”. ” Defining a Culture” consist of his most recent artwork produced by combining pre-Columbian style imagery with a contemporary method approach.

Reception: There will be a reception for Gabriel Trevino on Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Treasures of the Gulf Museum (317 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.). The public is invited to attend and meet the artist. Refreshments will be served.

Artist Bio

  • 1976 – Born in Brownsville Texas
  • 1997 – Fine Arts Program – University of Texas at Brownsville,
  •  Richardson Art Gallery First Solo Exhibit
  • 2006 -”Emerging Artists” : Gabriel Trevino, Mauricio Saenz, Jesus de la Rosa, Luis Valderas – Richardson Art Gallery (University of Texas at Brownsville)
  • 2007 -Invitational  “As Of Now” South Texas Artists – Ben Bailey Art Gallery – Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Texas
  • 2009 – “Tres” – Art Exhibition: Gabriel Trevino, Carlos G. Gomez, Antonio Antinori at Historic Brownsville Museum (Brownsville, Texas).
  • 2012 – “LIBERTY AND HOPE” Solo art exhibit – Rusteberg Art Gallery – University of Texas at Brownsville


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