Houston: Houston Maritime Museum

The Houston Ship Channel was completed in 1914, just as the Great War began. From his office in Washington DC, President Woodrow Wilson fired a cannon via remote control to mark the channel “open.”

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.

Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
  • Admission: 13 and up: $8, Seniors/Ages 3-12: $5
  • 2311 Canal Street, Houston, TX
  • 713-225-1688
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