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Lab at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, TX
Unearth the past at the Public Archaeology Lab, open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am – 2pm Learn More
Education at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, TX
Learn about the many people and cultures of the Coastal Bend Learn More
Cannons at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, TX
Discover the rich multi-cultural heritage of the Coastal Bend Visit MCB
Shpwreck outline at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, TX
Find 13,000 years of heritage at the Museum of the Coastal Bend Learn More
Rings at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, TX
Explore Fort St. Louis, the French attempt to colonize Texas Learn More

Where Texas History Began – The Virtual Exhibit

Our permanent exhibit displays the last 13,000 years of Texas history, from the first inhabitants of the Coastal Bend region through the French, Spanish, and Mexican colonial efforts, up to the range of diverse influence that have created the modern Texan culture.

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Indigenous Arrow Heads Museum of the Coastal Bend Victoria, TX

Archaeology

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Karankawa Bone and Shell Beads

Indigenous People

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Petard artifact at the Museum of the Coastal Bend

French Contact

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Conquistador Spur at the Museum of the Coastal Bend

Spanish Influence

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Majolica Porcelain at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, TX

Columbian Exchange

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Branding irons at Museum of the Coastal Bend Victoria TX

Ranching

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Upcoming Events

Bill Birmingham, an archaeological steward, records artifacts in situ at the McNeill Ranch Site.
15 Oct 2022

John W. Stormont Lecture: Texas Archaeology Mini-Symposium

2-5 p.m. Three prominent archaeologists join us for discussions about archaeology in Texas, and in particular the Coastal Bend. Speakers begin on the hour.

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13,000 Years graphic
15 Oct 2022

"13,000 Years" Exhibit Reception

5-6:30 p.m. Exhibit Reception; 5:30 p.m. Installation of the Jud Austin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Archaeology

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skulls
27 Oct 2022

Design a Skull

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. MCB provides skull “blanks” and markers, paint, collage, and other media to design your own Día de los Muertos Sugar Skull.

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27 Oct 2022
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Spooky Flashlight Tour

Oct. 27, 6 p.m. and Oct. 29, 3 p.m. Experience the museum by flashlight. Candy encounters included!

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The Museum of the Coastal Bend exists to foster an appreciation for the unique heritage of the Texas Coastal Bend through exhibits, collections, educational activities, and preservation efforts.

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