Museum Of The Coastal Bend
The Museum of the Coastal Bend uses a number of exhibits to explore the history of the area, from its colonial start to the present. The Spanish Legacy of the Texas Coastal Bend exhibit provides an insight into the Coastal Bend of today through an examination of its most significant cultural influence — the Spanish explorers, the military, the government and most importantly, those people who made the Coastal Bend their home. The La Salle Odyssey exhibit tells the story of the first European settlement in Texas, the French Fort St. Louis, and the French ship La Belle's archaeological excavation in Matagorda Bay. The centerpiece exhibit in the Museum's gallery is the exhibit of seven of the eight cannons brought to Texas by French explorer La Salle.