Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures

A SOUTH TEXAS  BRIDGE TO ASIA

 

The “Sparkling City by the Sea” also known as Corpus Christi, is home to one of the largest Asian Culture Museums in the United States where beautiful Asian artifacts are on public display. The Museum is a home for amazing artifacts from the far east; where Chinese symbols of nobility, perfection, consistency and immortality are depicted in a collection of intricately-carved jade pieces; a home where you can discover the rare beauty and artistry of Japanese kimonos and porcelains - including a rickshaw. A home whose interiors will transport  you to Asia where you’ll experience exotic treasures from India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Hmong, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Laos and Myanmar and where you will hear stories and learn of the richness each country’s people have to offer. All of this can be yours with a trip to the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center.

 

The museum was founded in 1974 by native Corpus Christian, Mrs. Billie Trimble Chandler, who lived and taught in Japan for 17 years during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Embracing the Japanese culture she began collecting rare cultural artifacts and art and returned with thousands of paintings, sculptures and Hakataclay dolls. Mrs. Chandler’s extensive collection can be seen at the Museum, along with many other wonderful Asian antiquities.

 

Along with the incredible Asian treasures on display, education also plays a very important role and is the main mission of the Museum. Children and school groups are frequent visitors to the nonprofit Museum and summers are always busy. Special classes are offered at the Museum where students can learn about Asian cooking, culture and art. The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center is a rare and wonderful resource for the community and helps to promote an understanding and awareness of the Asian people and their culture.

Every year more than 1500 children, from pre-k through college and various social clubs, tour the Museum. Programs may focus on a variety of topics including: the beauty, wonder, and diversity of Asian culture, storytelling and Asian folktales or hands-on activities such as origami, calligraphy, games, using chopsticks, and dressing in Asian clothing.

 

In addition to the many educational classes for students and the general public each year, the Museum also showcases many visiting exhibits from around the world. Past exhibits have included the oil paintings of artist Hsiao-Hsia Tsai, the Contemporary Japanese Crafts exhibit on loan from the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the Consulate General of Japan, the National Taiwanese Treasure Box exhibit and many others.

 

The Museum is host to many events as well. The Lunar New Year celebration and Lantern Festival, offers a story time, crafts, demonstrations, and even fireworks! The Spring Festival featured a new exhibit which showcases artifacts from the

Choseon Dynasty.  Also on exhibit is traditional Hanbok (Korean clothing) which is on loan from a descendent of the last emperor of Korea!

 

There is also a one-of-a-kind Gift Shop at the Museum! It is filled with authentic Asian treasures, such as beautiful handmade masks and other items which you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Even the beautifully designed building itself is a true masterpiece. The Museum can also be reserved for special events and the art and antiquities inside provide the perfect backdrop for that special gathering.

 

The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center is located at 1809 N. Chaparral Street and is within walking distance of the American Bank Center (Selena Auditorium), the Harbor Playhouse, Heritage Park, and other locations of interest. The Museum is open Tues-Sat from 11am-5pm. Admission: Adults-$6, Senior and Military-$5, Students-$4 and Children under 12-$3.

 

For more information about the museum visit their website at asianculturesmuseum.org or call direct (361) 881-8827.

 

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A SOUTH TEXAS

BRIDGE TO ASIA

 

The “Sparkling City by the Sea” also known as Corpus Christi, is home to one of the largest Asian Culture Museums in the United States where beautiful Asian artifacts are on public display. The Museum is a home for amazing artifacts from the far east; where Chinese symbols of nobility, perfection, consistency and immortality are depicted in a collection of intricately-carved jade pieces; a home where you can discover the rare beauty and artistry of Japanese kimonos and porcelains - including a rickshaw. A home whose interiors will transport  you to Asia where you’ll experience exotic treasures from India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Hmong, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Laos and Myanmar and where you will hear stories and learn of the richness each country’s people have to offer. All of this can be yours with a trip to the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center.

 

The museum was founded in 1974 by native Corpus Christian, Mrs. Billie Trimble Chandler, who lived and taught in Japan for 17 years during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Embracing the Japanese culture she began collecting rare cultural artifacts and art and returned with thousands of paintings, sculptures and Hakataclay dolls. Mrs. Chandler’s extensive collection can be seen at the Museum, along with many other wonderful Asian antiquities.

 

Along with the incredible Asian treasures on display, education also plays a very important role and is the main mission of the Museum. Children and school groups are frequent visitors to the nonprofit Museum and summers are always busy. Special classes are offered at the Museum where students can learn about Asian cooking, culture and art. The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center is a rare and wonderful resource for the community and helps to promote an understanding and awareness of the Asian people and their culture.

 

Every year more than 1500 children, from pre-k through college and various social clubs, tour the Museum. Programs may focus on a variety of topics including: the beauty, wonder, and diversity of Asian culture, storytelling and Asian folktales or hands-on activities such as origami, calligraphy, games, using chopsticks, and dressing in Asian clothing.

 

In addition to the many educational classes for students and the general public each year, the Museum also showcases many visiting exhibits from around the world. Past exhibits have included the oil paintings of artist Hsiao-Hsia Tsai, the Contemporary Japanese Crafts exhibit on loan from the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the Consulate General of Japan, the National Taiwanese Treasure Box exhibit and many others.

 

The Museum is host to many events as well. The Lunar New Year celebration and Lantern Festival, offers a story time, crafts, demonstrations, and even fireworks! The Spring Festival featured a new exhibit which showcases artifacts from the

Choseon Dynasty.  Also on exhibit is traditional Hanbok (Korean clothing) which is on loan from a descendent of the last emperor of Korea!

 

There is also a one-of-a-kind Gift Shop at the Museum! It is filled with authentic Asian treasures, such as beautiful handmade masks and other items which you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Even the beautifully designed building itself is a true masterpiece. The Museum can also be reserved for special events and the art and antiquities inside provide the perfect backdrop for that special gathering.

 

The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center is located at 1809 N. Chaparral Street and is within walking distance of the American Bank Center (Selena Auditorium), the Harbor Playhouse, Heritage Park, and other locations of interest. The Museum is open Tues-Sat from 11am-5pm. Admission: Adults-$6, Senior and Military-$5, Students-$4 and Children under 12-$3.

 

For more information about the museum visit their website at asianculturesmuseum.org or call direct (361) 881-8827.