Museum of the Coastal Bend offers summer adventures
Museum of the Coastal Bend
Museum of the Coastal Bend

As the school year winds to a close, many families are planning their summer adventures. The Museum of the Coastal Bend at Victoria College offers unique Texas history adventures with a wide range of artifacts and programs.

Visitors to the museum can explore what life was like in the Coastal Bend’s past with exhibits that tell the connected stories of the indigenous Texans and those who came here later, French and Spanish colonists. Thousands of years of history are recorded through stone spearheads, brightly-glazed pottery, intricate glass beads and heavy iron cannons. Visitors can stand face-to-face with two of the first Europeans to live in Victoria County—their forensic reconstructions are on display, created with a mix of cutting-edge science and traditional artistry.

The special exhibit “Flights of Fancy: Birds & Birding in South Texas” showcases the beautiful and varied bird life of the region, and the work of local photographers hangs on the walls near mounted examples of native species. Two whooping cranes stand tall in the corner.

Excitement happens not only inside the museum but also on the front lawn, where visitors can try atlatls, ancient spear throwers used here thousands of years ago.

Each month, the museum hosts themed events, such as Juneteenth—a celebration of emancipation and African-American history in Texas, happening on June 18—and Extinct Texas Animals—a day of activities exploring the strange animals that the earliest Texans lived with during the Pleistocene epoch, 13,000 years ago—on July 16.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located at 2200 E. Red River Street in Victoria. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is pay-what-you-want. For more information, including a calendar of events, visit

Published: Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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