Museum to hold grand opening for permanent La Belle outdoor exhibit
La Belle
The Museum of the Coastal Bend will hold a grand opening for its La Belle Interpretive Exhibit on April 18.

The grand opening of the Museum of the Coastal Bend’s outdoor La Belle Interpretive Exhibit will be at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18.

“The to-scale, permanent exhibit will offer visitors a chance to experience the cramped conditions the crew and passengers endured while crossing the Atlantic Ocean,” said Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College’s executive director of cultural affairs. “Visitors can also learn about the tragic fate of La Belle by touring the exhibits inside the museum.”

La Belle was one of four vessels used by Robert de La Salle during his exploration of the Gulf Coast in 1685 at the mouth of the Mississippi River. La Belle wrecked in Matagorda Bay and was discovered by archaeologists in 1995. Artifacts from La Belle are on exhibit inside the museum.

The La Belle Interpretive Exhibit is funded by a Dow Seadrift Operations Community Gives grant through the Victoria College Foundation.

“Dow is proud to play a part of the La Belle Interpretive Exhibit and help inform the Crossroads region about its critical role in Texas history,” said Dow Site Director of Seadrift Operations Teresa Keating.

The museum is located on the Victoria College campus at 2200 E. Red River Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact the museum at (361) 582-2511 or for more information.

Published: Tuesday, 11 April 2017

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