|Texas City Museum|
And it was. They had a variety of exhibitors from other museums, trade schools and tourism as well as their regular displays, which were great. And it was all very well laid out.
|Civil War Exhibit, complete with a reenactor|
Got kids? They have a large, hands on activity room that was very popular when we were there. And yes, we played a little too. Helped "build" a dinosaur.
This actually looks like a fun "job"
Part of the fun was the exhibitors, including a couple of pirates from Pirates, Legends of the Gulf Coast in Galveston. They were a hit with the kids. And we learned about some of the nature conservation going on in the area as well. A lot of migrating birds come through here, the salt marsh prairies are being restored and the Gulf of Mexico has National Maritime Sanctuary complete with coral reefs? (visit flowergarden.noaa.gov to learn more)
And what we didn’t expect to see (I admit, I didn’t do much homework before going) was a huge model railroad display.
The 2nd floor of the building is home to the Galveston County Model Railroad Club, and is open to the public on Saturdays. There were trains of all sizes and vintages with detailed layouts and some interactive buttons.
|The Showboat movie theater is now an event center|
If you go, admission is very reasonable (not free but very close!) and parking is free at a city lot about a half a block down or you can park in the street.
And don’t miss out on some of the fun, vintage architecture in town. Texas City is working very hard to improve their old downtown, and it shows.
You can learn more about the Texas City Museum at:
|One very small section of the model railroads|
|I don't know if this was always home to the newspaper,|
but it is a pretty cool vintage building
|Part of the "Disaster of 1947" exhibit|
|Chris checking out one of the railroad set-ups|
|See anyone you know?|
This is called "Garden Scale"
|What would a model railroad exhibit be without|
classic Lionel sets?