Our History

About our house


From humble beginnings to sharing unique experiences. Our museum is continuing to grow!

History of the Museum


Mrs. Billie Trimble Chandler, a Corpus Christi native, establishes the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center. After spending many years in Asia researching, teaching, and studying cultural art and artifacts, she brings her extensive collection back to Texas. The museum's mission is to build a bridge connecting the peoples, arts, and history of Asia to Texas.
History of the Museum


The museum moves to a new location in Corpus Christi to accommodate its growing collection and visitor base. This move marks the first of several relocations aimed at enhancing the museum's accessibility and exhibition capabilities.
History of the Museum


During this decade, the museum's collection expands significantly with the addition of new Asian antiquities and exhibits. This growth includes donations from private collectors and acquisitions from various Asian countries, enriching the museum's offerings and attracting more visitors.
Moving in

New Location

The museum relocates to its current facility in the heart of Corpus Christi's downtown SEA District. This strategic location places the museum within walking distance of major attractions like the American Bank Center, the Harbor Playhouse, and Heritage Park, increasing its visibility and accessibility to the public.
Celebrating Indian Culture

Bollywood Event

The museum hosts a Bollywood-themed event featuring live dancers from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the Dhol Tasha drum team from Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK). This event is a huge success, drawing large crowds and showcasing vibrant Indian culture through music and dance.
Updates To Our Museum


COVID-19 Adaptations: The museum implements CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Despite the pandemic, the museum finds innovative ways to continue its programming, such as using a DJ and projector for Bollywood music videos, which proves to be a popular and effective adaptation. Virtual Tours: To accommodate those who cannot visit in person, the museum launches virtual and digital tours and presentations. These virtual offerings provide a way for people to explore the museum's collections and participate in educational programs remotely.
Present Day
Present Day
New Leadership Thrives

A New Approach

The museum's educational programs attract over 3,500 children annually from grades pre-K through college. These programs cover a variety of topics, including the history and art of Asian cultures, storytelling and folktales, hands-on activities like origami and calligraphy, and live weapons demonstrations.
Current Exhibits:
The museum features several notable exhibits, including:
- Large Buddha Statue: A 17th-century bronze Buddha donated by a temple in Japan, weighing around 3,000 lbs.
- Western Items: Artifacts from Mrs. Chandler's time teaching in Japan, including paintings of U.S. Presidents Eisenhower and Truman, and items used for teaching American history to military children.
- Oishi Junkyo (1887-1967): Works by the armless artist who became a Buddhist monk and taught art to people with disabilities.
- Origami: Regular classes and workshops taught by volunteers, including high school students who are origami experts.
- Hakata Dolls: A vast collection representing everyday scenes and historical figures, reflecting Mrs. Chandler's mission to showcase Asian culture.

Building A Better World Begins With Me

Billie Chandler

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