Collections & Library


CollectionsThe Texas Maritime Museum is a collecting institution preserving artifacts, documents, photographs, and books which further illuminate Texas’ maritime history.  Through artifact acquisition and research we are able to update and enhance both permanent and temporary exhibits as well as add to the overall knowledge of maritime history.

If you have an object(s) you would like to loan, or gift, to the museum please contact Curator Phil Barnes to see if it meets the criteria, and is needed for the Museum’s collection.  The Texas Maritime Museum does not have a purchasing budget for collections.


William A . Mann Library & Center for Oral History

The Museum has a significant collection of books in our library which focus on a variety of maritime topics. Library materials are available to the public during the normal hours of the museum. The Library is currently a research only library and books are not available for check-out. For questions regarding library materials please contact Curator Phil Barnes, 361.729.1271 or