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When you visit Matagorda County, you'll never run out of things to do... that is, unless you want to. you'll find miles of world-class beaches, amazing nature and wildlife, museums, historic sites, unique shopping and great dining. Wherever you go, you're sure to encounter nature at its best and Texas hospitality at its warmest.


Matagorda County Museum
2100 Avenue F
Bay City, TX 77414

On the crossroads of State Hwy 35 & Hwy 60 (click for map)

A walking tour of the "Old Post Office Building"
Hours of Operation
Wednesday - Saturday 1pm-5pm
Morning Tours Available for Groups--Call to Schedule
Admission Prices:
$4.00-Adults $3.00-Srs. over 50 $2.00-Children 3 & Up
Scheduled Tours--$2.00 per person--Teachers, Chaperones, Bus DriversÑFree

Matagorda County Museum:
Known for one of the most important shipwreck discoveries in North America, Matagorda County takes you on an amazing adventure exploring how the famous La Belle Shipwreck was discovered by archeologists and excavated from the bottom of the ocean in Matagorda Bay 1995. On display in this museum are a diorama of part of the excavation and artifacts from the ship, including a bronze cannon and navigational instruments. Our historical museum also highlights local and state history including Karankawa Indians, Early Western Cowboys, The Gusmans, Civil Servants that were major contributors and played a major role to Bay City and Matagorda County and also Natural Science History. The museum is available for public visitation as well as private tours for groups and organizations upon request. Quilts Exhibit runs January - March each year, Festival of Trees starts 3rd week in November - January 1st, Art Exhibit March- May. Call for more information about museum calendar of events.

Children's Museum, a Walking Tour of "Our Town":
The Matagorda County Children's Museum is a place where today's kids can pretend they are in yesteryear. Finally a museum where kids are encouraged to touch everything! This children's museum has something for every child's imagination; pioneer clothes to play dress up, pioneer house, shop at the general store with a real old fashioned squeaky wood floor, play cops and robbers with their own bank, stagecoach and jail, even a classroom and old barbershop. Each replica made for a child's size and depicts a historic piece of Bay City, so your kids can learn without them knowing they are being taught!

Annex for Historical and Genealogy Research:
The Matagorda County Museum Annex houses the archives and collections of the Matagorda County Museum. We have a vast collection of maps, photographs, local school annuals, tax and probate records and many more materials for public research and family genealogy.

To contact the Annex for Research and Collections times and information call (979-245-4443) or email the annex at

Palacios City by the Sea Museum:
Located in the restored R.J. Hill building at the corner of Commerce and Fourth St. which houses artifacts from the shipwreck of French explorer Robert Rene Cavalier Sieur de LaSalle's ship, LaBelle as well as numerous displays depicting Palacios' history. Palacios Market Days will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at East Bay Park from 9AM to 4PM. For more information call 361-972-2615. Or log onto
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