Leslie Bowlin

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to the Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum’s website. Here you will find important information on our current exhibits and collections, programs, membership, and volunteer opportunities. I invite you to explore and learn more about the history, development, and growth of our institution.

Houston Maritime Museum is celebrating its 20th year by embarking on a new voyage. The museum will now be known as the Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum. As Houston has become the center for maritime activity in the nation, the museum is expanding to become a resource for the maritime industry, as well as serving as an educational hub connecting the industry with the community.

The logical step of incorporating a maritime center to the museum’s mission better reflects its role as an important educational destination for public and industry. Houston Maritime offers a unique platform to support educational programs and business development related to the booming maritime supply chain industry that connects Houston to the rest of the world.

In January of 2019 the museum moved from its original location to an interim space in a renovated location just east of downtown at the aptly named intersection of Navigation Boulevard and Canal Street. Houston Maritime plans to move to its final berth at East River, on the banks of Buffalo Bayou on the eastern edge of downtown in the next several years.

During the last 12-month period, the museum has created a complete ecosystem of education programs, beginning with early childhood education programs that include STEM and STEAM based curriculum. In addition, Houston Maritime has created an alliance with NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) to manage all environmental educational outreach and will eventually house their Gulf Coast headquarters in its new building. Additional education programs continue through middle and high school, including a comprehensive Home School program all the way through college supported by the University of Houston’s College of Technology Supply Chain and Logistics program, and most recently an alliance with Rice University to present professional level programs for industry.

We continue to develop plans to build along the banks of Buffalo Bayou at East River, the 150-acre mixed use development just east of Downtown in the next several years. While the new museum is under construction, we will continue our day-to-day operations at our current location, so plan to visit us today!






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