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"The Key to the Gulf Charles Champion Proprietor", built in 1899, home to the Port Isabel Historical Museum.
Port Isabel lighthouse. Open DAILY 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

PORT ISABEL HISTORIC MUSEUM (in the historic Champion Building, 317 E. Railroad Ave.) is open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (956) 943-7602.

Daily: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last ticket sold 30 minutes before closing. Tickets available at the Lighthouse or Visitors Center (during open hours). Ticket prices are $5.00 (adults); $4.00 (seniors 55+); $3.00 (children* under 4.) Credit or debit card only. (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. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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 Visitor Center. Lighthouse tickets can be purchased at the Keepers Cottage Visitor Center or at the Lighthouse. Last ticket sold 30 minutes before closing.

Keepers Cottage Hours (Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce): Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel. (956) 943-2262.

PORT ISABEL HISTORICAL MUSEUM [OPEN: Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.]
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 façade 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) 943-7602.

  • Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (956)374-9003.

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. (956) 374-9003.