Upcoming events at the museum of the coastal bend

Museum CLOSED

MCB is closed for the Fourth of July holiday. Regular viewing hours resume on Tuesday, July 7.

Beginner Scientist Camp

Camp from home this year! MCB is offering at-home summer camp kits for Beginner Scientist, Archaeology 101, and History Explorers. Children will learn and have fun while completing the activities at home with pre-packaged supplies that we provide, and common household supplies. All kits include detailed instructions and information on how to access video guides on YouTube. The activities in Beginner Scientist (recommended K-3) will need adult supervision. Most activities in the Archaeology 101 and History Explorers kits (recommended 4th-7th grade) require only minimal adult supervision. Kits must be pre-ordered and will be available for pick up at the museum between 10am and 4pm on the camp’s designated day. For questions or to reserve a kit contact our Education Coordinator at (361) 582-2559 or Amanda.Lanum@VictoriaCollege.edu Pre-order forms can be downloaded here.

Archaeology 101

Camp from home this year! MCB is offering at-home summer camp kits for Beginner Scientist, Archaeology 101, and History Explorers. Children will learn and have fun while completing the activities at home with pre-packaged supplies that we provide, and common household supplies. All kits include detailed instructions and information on how to access video guides on YouTube. The activities in Beginner Scientist (recommended K-3) will need adult supervision. Most activities in the Archaeology 101 and History Explorers kits (recommended 4th-7th grade) require only minimal adult supervision. Kits must be pre-ordered and will be available for pick up at the museum between 10am and 4pm on the camp’s designated day. For questions or to reserve a kit contact our Education Coordinator at (361) 582-2559 or Amanda.Lanum@VictoriaCollege.edu Pre-order forms can be downloaded here.

Family Discovery Day: Wonderful Weather

Learn about the wonders of weather with hands-on activities. Create a tornado in a bottle and a cloud in a jar, and make an anemometer to take home. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Family Discovery Day: Fun Science

Participants can make marshmallow catapults, create butterflies with coffee filters and markers, and engineer paper airplanes. Coke and Mentos volcanoes will erupt at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the front lawn. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Members Reception: Coronavirus at the Coastal Bend

How has our community weathered the COVID-19 pandemic? What impact has it had on local residents? Coronavirus at the Coastal Bend tells the stories of our community as we adapt to this crisis, gathered by MCB staff and community members. MCB closed its doors on March 17, 2020 in accord with CDC guidelines, and reopened on May 5. During the closure, museum staff began documenting community experiences by collecting first-hand accounts, contributed photos and videos. This exhibit is organized in partnership with the Victoria Advocate - Emree Weaver, Chief Photographer, and with Bria Woods, Executive Producer-Digital at The Victoria Television Group. The exhibit opens to the public on August 14, 2020, and will be on display through January 23, 2021.

Lunch & Learn: Coronavirus at the Coastal Bend

The museum’s exhibits manager, Heather Para, visits with contributors to the temporary exhibit, Coronavirus at the Coastal Bend, on exhibit August 14, 2020 through January 23, 2021 at MCB. Together, they explore exhibit topics and images that capture the Coastal Bend’s response to the pandemic. Admission to this event is free. Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and join the discussion in-person or virtually, as circumstances allow.

Lunch & Learn: Can You Dig It?

Archaeology lab volunteers and staff discuss the importance of the archaeological process as demonstrated in the museum’s outreach exhibit, Can You Dig It?, on display beginning July 23 at Victoria City Hall. Admission to this event is free. Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and join the discussion in-person or virtually, as circumstances allow.

Lunch & Learn: LaSalle & Fort St. Louis

Hear from members of the Coastal Bend Archaeological Logistics Team (CoBALT), who began working together 17 years ago during the excavation of the Fort St. Louis site and who now volunteer in the museum’s Public Archaeology Lab. They share their experiences, knowledge, and preservation efforts. Admission to this event is free. Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and join the discussion in-person or virtually, as circumstances allow.

Holiday Artisans Market

Shop unique, hand-crafted products created by regional artisans and makers.