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  • LA BELLE INTERPRETIVE AREA OPENING SPRING 2017
    In 1684, the French explorer La Salle constructed La Belle, a small vessel never intended for an ocean crossing, when his cargo exceeded the three ships allotted for his Gulf of Mexico expedition. Experience the cramped conditions undergone by the crew and passengers when you stand inside the to-scale outline of the ship's deck created on the museum grounds. This permanent outdoor exhibit is funded by a DOW Seadrift Operations Community Gives Grant.

  • Victoria’s Museum of the Coastal Bend serves to archive and interpret the history and heritage of mid-coast Texas, and it also offers up something that no other museum has– the centerpiece exhibit of seven French cannons discovered by archaeologists while excavating the Fort St. Louis site near Victoria.

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  • Join us on select Saturdays for activities! Click the link below to see what we offer.

    Programs at the Museum
  • Schedule a tour for your group, club, school, or association! We'll give a guided tour through Texas' past.

    Group Tours

  • People have lived in this area for more than 13,000 years. Explore their lives.

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The Museum of the Coastal Bend

The Museum of the Coastal Bend showcases the rich multi-cultural heritage of Texas' mid-coastal region. The museum's mission is to enhance appreciation and enjoyment of the region's heritage; our purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret.