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January 31, 2018

21st Annual Museums of Port Isabel Fundraiser featuring Pelican West 2/2 7p

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The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 21st Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring fresh local fare & PELICAN WEST!

The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Dishes prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages. Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price.

This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs. Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel or online: http://bit.ly/2018mopi

The Museums of Port Isabel is a complex consisting of three diverse facilities, the Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and the Point Isabel Lighthouse. All three are within walking distance of each other and are open year around to the public.


Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands. In 1952, the Lighthouse was opened as a State Park and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf coast open to the public. The Lighthouse has just undergone a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department restoration and reopened to the public on January 2, 2018. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage which is on the grounds of the Lighthouse, is open to the public and houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Port Isabel Visitors Center. There is no admission charge to the Keepers Cottage. Lighthouse tickets can be purchased at the Keepers Cottage or at the Lighthouse. A combination ticket is available. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. or 1/2 hour before closing.


Port Isabel Historical Museum is a state-of-the-art facility located in the Champion Building. Built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, it now houses two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S.-Mexican War. The facade features the famous ‘fish mural’ painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. The fish mural was restored in the fall of 2017. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.


Treasures of the Gulf Museum spotlights three 1554 Spanish shipwrecks. Meeting their fate just 30 miles north of Port Isabel, they are brought to life with murals, artifacts and hands-on activities. Also featured is a Children’s Discovery Lab, Ship theatre and Nautical Gift Shop. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.



Lighthouse Info

October 27, 2016

Lighthouse Reopened! Grand Reopening & Ribbon Cutting Set for 1/23


The City of Port Isabel will be hosting a Grand Reopening Ribbon Cutting of the Port Isabel Lighthouse on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s restoration of the exterior of the tower has been completed and the lighthouse reopened to the public on January 2nd. The exterior catwalk is now accessible for visitors that want to enjoy the 16-mile, 360° view from the top of lighthouse.

Open house at the lighthouse will be on Tuesday, January 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., there will be no admission charge.

Festivities in the park will kick off at 11:00 a.m. with vendors on site. At 12 noon, there will be a Grand Reopening Ceremony followed by a Ribbon Cutting by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. Vendors will be on site until 3:00 p.m.

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily (weather permitting). Tickets may be purchased in the Lighthouse, the Keepers Cottage (Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center), the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

Ticket Information: The Lighthouse is part of the Port Isabel Museum Complex with also includes the Port Isabel Historical Museum in the Champion Building and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Combination tickets can be purchased at any museum location, at the lighthouse and at the Visitors Center in the keepers cottage and do not need to be redeemed the day of purchase.

Contact: Port Isabel Visitors Center at 956/943-2262 or the Museums of Port Isabel at 956/943-7602.



• Date of construction: 1852, construction was completed in 1853.
• Decommissioned: 1905.
• Built on the grounds of Fort Polk which was used in 1846 – 1848 during the US/Mexican War.
• Port Isabel Lighthouse is the only lighthouse that is open to the public on the Texas Gulf Coast.
• There are 16 lighthouses on the Texas Coast.
• The Port Isabel Lighthouse is a State Historic Site owned by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
• The lighthouse is approximately 72′ tall.
• There are 75 steps to the top of the lighthouse, including 3 short ladders.
• Summer programming at the lighthouse includes the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema. Fridays at 9:30 p.m., during June and July, movies are projected on the side of the lighthouse. Free admission to the movies.
• Group tours are available. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.


October 6, 2016

Lighthouse Market Day! Saturday, Oct. 8 9a-4p

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Lighthouse Market Day! Saturday, October 8, 2016. On the grounds of the historic Port Isabel lighthouse. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors!

Vendor Info: vendor-application. Call Jeannie Flores at 956/943-7602 for more information.