Museum offers ‘Hands-On History’
Hands-On History
Hands-On History

Community members can head to the Museum of the Coastal Bend for "Hands-On History" Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to try out some tools from the past.

“Throwing atlatls is our most popular activity,” said Isabel Van Dyke, the museum’s curator of education, describing an ancient weapon system used in South Texas starting 10,000 years ago. “Throwing spears on the front lawn is always a blast! It’s something that most people don’t get to do at home, so we love sharing the opportunity here at the Museum of the Coastal Bend.”

Visitors can also go through the steps of loading a replica cannon, use model navigational tools from the seventeenth century, make the life-sized outline of an explorer’s ship or try roping a plastic cow outside the museum.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on the corner of Red River and Ben Jordan streets on Victoria College’s Main Campus in Victoria. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and admission is pay-what-you-want.

To learn more about museum programs, contact Van Dyke at (361) 582-2559 or email For more information, including a calendar of events, visit

Published: Thursday, 03 September 2015

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