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Three Rivers, TX 78071
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Arts & Museums
Land Heritage Institute is a museum that is owned and manged by the Land Heritage Foundation. Its mission is to preserve and nurture the existing archaeological resources along the River Medina and surrounding areas. The land itself is worth exploring to gain insight into the cultural, historical and social aspects of human habitat. It comprises Presnall Watson Farm, Los Caminos Naturales and LHI Equestrian Center. Though there is no entry fee for individual visitors, donations are welcome. For more details, call ahead.
This mission, now a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, was the first mission in Texas. It was originally founded in Weches and moved to its current location in 1731. The chapel is an attractive feature of this mission. Its construction was completed in 1756. The back side of the church, which collapsed, was rebuilt in 1880s. A part of this premise was used as a school during the 20th century. Today, it houses the visitor's center for the National Park. Sadly, only the front arch is an existing part of the original structure. The stone arch and the entrance door are interesting reflections of architecture during that period. Another interesting feature is the still functional Espanda dam and Aqueduct.
Quite possibly the most famous musician to come out of Corpus Christi, Selena Quintanilla was tragically killed by the president of her own fan club in 1995. Her family built the museum after receiving letters from fans expressing their interest in a museum to commemorate the memory of the Tejano singer. On display you will find several of Selena's stage costumes, most of which she designed herself, awards and other memorabilia. The museum even has Selena's red Porsche for visitors to see. All admission revenue goes to the Selena Foundation, which helps to aid children in need and provides scholarships to promising students. The museum is located in a part of town not normally visited by tourists, about 2 miles inland from downtown.
This retired aircraft carrier was once used as a training facility but is now a floating museum. Resting pleasantly on Corpus Christi Bay, this impressive ship is a sight to see from the coast. There is a free shuttle that takes you from land all the way up a long ramp to the ships hangar entrance. Aboard the ship you will be able to explore the flight deck, the control and navigation rooms and even the captain's quarters. Also on the ship is an extensive World War II and Pearl Harbor exhibit. Be sure to drop by the theater to catch some authentic military footage and exceptional documentaries. The gift shop is a must for souvenirs and military memorabilia.
Since 2012, Hello Studio has been displaying incredible local art. This artist-run gallery displays the best that San Antonio has to offer, from paintings to prints, and more. Previously featured artists include Mark Johnson, Kristy Perez, and Joe Vega. Their selection of up-and-coming artists never fails to disappoint.
For an educational day out with the kids, visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, located in Bayfront Park in just across from the Art Museum of South Texas. What really draws visitors to this museum are the replicas of the Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria; the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed when he arrived in the Americas. Guided tours of the ships are available every hour and are included in the price of admission. Please note that the ships are not wheelchair accessible, reduced priced tickets are available for those with limited mobility. Aside from the ships, the museum exhibits a number of historical photographs and artifacts, some dating back to precolumbian times. There is even a special section of the museum dedicated to the history of Corpus Christi.
Unexpectedly located in the heart of the Texas coastline, the Texas State Asian Cultures Museum exhibits pieces of art and furniture from India, China Sri Lanka, Laos and many more Asian countries. On the Second floor you will find the education center which is aimed towards teaching children about Asian cultures through costumes, storytelling and crafts. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.
Part of the Insituto de Cultura Hispanica de Corpus Christi, this small museum aims to advance and promote the history of Hispanic culture to visitors and residents of the city. With various exhibitions from all over the Hispanic world, the museum is a hidden jewel located in Lichtenstein House in Heritage Park.
This building was designed by Philip Johnson, and is made of poured concrete. This 3-level structure stands majestically by the sea, and houses an interesting permanent collection and an always changing temporary exhibition. Most pieces are American contemporary and include paintings and sculptures. Be sure to look up, some glass sculptures hang from the ceiling! For the little ones there is a children's play area located downstairs. If art makes you hungry, step into the elegant Dobson cafe for a light lunch.
Founded in 1995 as a cooperative artist's studio, the gallery gets its name from the Kress Five and Dime shop that was the former tenant of the building. Today, this non-profit organization aims to advance and cultivate contemporary art in South Texas. Various special exhibits are organized throughout the year. Here you will find paintings, sculptures and multi-media works on display, all done by talented local artists. Be sure to visit the gift shop for one of a kind, hand made souvenirs and small pieces of art.
Artistically inclined students at St. Philip's College should consider themselves fortunate because the Fine Arts Department of the college encourages them in every way to pursue their talents and use their potential to the best. Divided into genres of art, music, dance and theatre, the department holds exhibitions, plays and other events so that the students can actually display their creative side to the world outside. Theatre students have an added advantage of the Watson Theatre that comes under the governance of the same department. The theatre is also leased out on rent for other theatre groups to showcase their plays.
The oldest house in Corpus Christi is more that 100 years old. Built in 1849, it was the home of Senator Forbes Britton. Constructed by Berry Gravis and Yates with local brick and scored masonry, the house got its name from it's 100th anniversary in 1949. At the time it was built it was possible to view Mann's Wharf from the house, but after years of devastating hurricanes, during the early part of the 20th Century, the shoreline was moved farther east and the sea wall was built. Amazingly, it was weathered further storms and today it is possible to tour the facility for a look back at history. Now open every first Sunday of the month. Call for special tours.