Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Houston: Houston Maritime Museum

Houston Maritime Museum

The new “industrial warfare” of the First World War - with tanks, trucks, and airplanes - created a huge demand for oil. The Houston Ship Channel suddenly made it possible to easily export Texas oil to European armies. The Channel quickly became a valuable military asset. More than a century old, the Houston Ship Channel remains a triumph of maritime engineering. Today, the Houston Maritime Museum shares the wonder of maritime history with visitors, with a focus on Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast.

Watch our Battlefield Texas video to learn more about Texas and Texans in WWI.  This video was produced for inclusion in our Texas and the Great War mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. Download the app for more videos and travel information:


  • 2311 Canal Street
  • Houston, Texas
  • 77003


Hours & Fees

  • Tuesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • 13 and older: $8, Seniors/Ages 3-12: $5