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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.

UPDATE 11/18/20 LIGHTHOUSE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE
is open. Weather permitting, hours of operation will be Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last ticket sold: 3:00 p.m.

Tickets may only be purchased at the Lighthouse or the Visitors Center. Debit or credit card only.

Tours of the Lighthouse will be self-guided, will be limited to 15 minutes and to parties traveling as a family of six (6) persons or less. One party at a time will be allowed access. Masks or face coverings are required inside the Lighthouse park, Keeper’s Cottage and in the Lighthouse. Temperatures will be taken. Hand sanitizer will be available at the Lighthouse and all ticket holders are advised to sanitize their hands before and after the tour.

Ticket prices are $5.00 (adults); $4.00 (seniors 55+); $3.00 (children* under 5.)

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., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 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. 956/943-7602.

  • 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. 956/943-7602.

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

Individual Site Ticket:
to the Port Isabel Lighthouse OR the Treasures of the Gulf Museum

OR the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

  • Adults: $4.00
  • Senior Citizens*: $3.00
  • Students**: $2.00
  • Children 4 & Up (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: $9.00
  • Senior Citizens*: $7.00
  • Students**: $4.00
  • Children 4 (must be at least 38″ tall to climb the lighthouse): Free
  • Museum Member***: Free

 

*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.