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Port Aransas Museum

Port Aransas Museum

The Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association (PAPHA) stands as a devoted guardian of Port Aransas’s rich heritage. With a mission focused on preserving, restoring, and celebrating the historical fabric of this charming coastal town, PAPHA adds a unique layer to the vibrant community.

Preserving the Past

PAPHA’s commitment extends to the preservation, restoration, and reproduction of historic buildings, structures, sites, places, objects, culture, ecology, and customs. This multifaceted approach aims not only to safeguard the town’s historical landmarks but also to contribute positively to its natural beauty, well-being, and distinctive character.

Permanent Exhibits at the Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association

Immerse yourself in Port Aransas’s past by exploring PAPHA’s permanent exhibits. Highlights include the Fourth Order Fresnel lens that once adorned the Lydia Ann Lighthouse from 1878 to 1952, a significant relic that connects visitors to the region’s maritime history. The bell from the train that transported rocks for building the jetties is another intriguing artifact, echoing the town’s development.

A Glimpse into Island Life

PAPHA offers a captivating journey into the past through films capturing Port Aransas in the 1920s and 1930s. These visual time capsules provide insight into the island’s evolution and the daily lives of its inhabitants during a bygone era. Additionally, video interviews with key island figures offer a personal touch, narrating the tales and memories that have shaped Port Aransas into the community it is today.

Preserve, Educate, Enrich

By fostering an understanding of Port Aransas’s history, PAPHA plays a crucial role in educating both locals and visitors. The association’s dedication to preserving the town’s unique identity enriches the cultural tapestry, ensuring that future generations can appreciate the legacy of Port Aransas.

Book Your Coastal Adventure

As you delve into the historical treasures curated by PAPHA, make Port Aransas your home away from home. Explore our range of vacation rentals, offering a comfortable and convenient base for your journey through the town’s past. We feature a variety of vacation rentals, ranging from one-bedroom to four-bedroom properties. Whether you’re visiting alone or with a group, we have properties to meet all of your needs. Book your stay today and become part of Port Aransas’s living history.

403 N Alister St, Port Aransas, TX 78373

(361) 749 - 3800
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