Beaumont Arts and Museums
Beaumont has a lot to offer, and arts and museums are two attractions. Beaumont is known for its Theatrical groups and art-filled museums, especially for its fun festivals and events. Beaumont’s artistic style doesn’t stop with cultural paintings, but it also extends to their theatrical talent.
Here are some Beaumont Art Museums that might interest you during your time here in Beaumont.
Beaumont Art League
The Beaumont Art League is the oldest non-profit art gallery in the area, operating for 70 years. The two gallery spaces at the old Fairgrounds on Gulf Street host art exhibitions and juried shows year-round. This includes the notable BAL National Exhibition. It is formerly known as the tri-state show, attracting artists from across the country.
The Art Studio
The Art studio or TASI is a non-profit arts cooperative and art gallery space that rents subsidized space to visual arts. This studio also hosts poetry readings, music events, and film screenings. It’s housed in a converted warehouse in the industrial district of Beaumont’s downtown.
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Numerous Museums are open to the public, including the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. The museum stands on the site of the Perlstein Building, which was the tallest building between Houston and New Orleans when it was erected in 1907. Only one column remains from the building. The AMSET, formerly the Beaumont Art Museum, exhibits 19th to 21st century American Art with a collecting focus on Texas and Folk Art that offers 10 to 14 educational programs in any given year. Admission is free, and it is the only museum open seven days a week.
Texas Energy Museum
The Texas Energy Museum is an open book of the fascinating history of petroleum science and technology, from the geological formation of oil to modern refining chemistry. Discover the history of Texas oil pioneers as the great 1901 Spindletop Gusher story is displayed. The museum houses a collection of historical photographs, maps, and other materials related to Beaumont and Southeast Texas oil fields. The museum opened on January 10, 1990, the anniversary of the Spindletop Gusher. It is still open to the public and welcomes tourists from all over the world.
John Jay French House
John Jay French House is a historic home that operated as a museum to illustrate the life of a prosperous Texas pioneer family from 1845 to 1865. French, a tanner, and merchant, built his home in 1845; It showcases period furnishings, clothing, and pioneer household utensils. Outbuildings on the grounds include a blacksmith shop, tannery, privy, and smokehouse.
The Clifton Steamboat Museum
The Clifton Steamboat Museum opened on October 26, 1995. The museum honors the military and civilian heroes, having the theme “Heroes.. Past, Present, and Future”. It consists of a 24,000 square feet, two-story Museum. Exhibits bring to life the wars fought in Southeast Texas and Louisiana and the Steamboat Era, World wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam. The museum’s upper art galleries include original bronze sculptures, Native American artists, wildlife, and frontier paintings from famous artists. A unique gallery is dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America.
We recommend adding these to your to-do list!