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About us

About our

The Museum

Explore Asian art and culture at the Texas State Museum, featuring unique exhibits, educational programs, and special event spaces.

Welcome to the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center, founded in the 1960s by Billie Trimble Chandler. Located in Corpus Christi’s SEA District, our museum bridges the rich histories and cultures of Asia with Texas through a vast collection of art and artifacts.

We offer a dynamic range of exhibits, including the world’s largest display of Hakata Dolls in our Hakata Hall. Our educational programs provide hands-on learning experiences in Origami, Calligraphy, and more. Our beautiful spaces are also available for rental, perfect for hosting your special events.

Opening hours

Wed ‒ Sat: 12PM ‒ 5PM
Sun - Tues: Closed For Rental


Adults – $6.00
Senior/Military – $5.00
Student – $4.00
Child 4-12 – $3.00

Building A Better World Begins With Me

Billie Chandler
Celebrating Asian Cultures and Education

Our Collection


  • India in sound and color


  • Ties to Thailand


  • Philippines exhibit


  • Korean display


  • Chinese display
  • The collection includes a six-foot jade Chinese warrior
  • Chinese porcelain


  • Singapore taxi cab


  • Yamaga paper Lanterns
  • Oishi Junkyo the armless artist
  • Japanese theater masks (bugaku, noh, gigaku)
  • Samurai armor
  • Hakata Hall
  • Tea and Sake display (rotating)
  • Meiji restoration (rotating)
  • Woodblock printings
  • Haniwa and Kofun Display
  • Origami
  • Mt Fuji wall
  • Over 800 Japanese Hakata dolls and paintings
  • Traditional costumes
  • Pathways to Buddhism
  • The collection includes a five-foot bronze Amida Buddha

General East Asia

  • Clothing of the East family interactive
  • The collection includes traditional costumes

Mixed Use

  • Rotating display area
  • Weapons
  • Mixed use Classroom area
  • The collection includes collections from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia
  • The museum’s educational programming for school children, multilingual and multicultural experiences

Other Notable Artifacts

  • The General (1,800 lb jade statue)
Find The Museum

Visit Us

1809 N Chaparral St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Museum promotions


Members get exclusive perks along with savings on our events and classes. Become a member and save!

Wed ‒ Sat: 12pm ‒ 5pm
Sun ‒ Tue: Reserved For Private Events

Adults – $6.00
Senior/Military – $5.00
Student – $4.00
Child 4-12 – $3.00

1809 N Chaparral St
(361) 881-8827