The art scene in Corpus Christi is authentic, unique and true to South Texas roots. From high-end art galleries to local cooperatives, there is sure to be a piece of art to inspire your inner art enthusiast. Rotating exhibits at several galleries offer a one-of-a-kind experience with every visit to Corpus Christi. As an added bonus for the budget-conscious traveler, most of these visual art hot spots offer free admission!

If you're looking for even more free art adventures, coast your way through the city with the Corpus Christi Art & Mural Trail! The more stops you complete, the more prizes you earn -- no download required.


Islander Art Gallery

Opened in 2005, the Islander Gallery has given Texas A&M University's Art Department an opportunity to reach out to the community with additional exhibitions, workshops, and performances!

Hours of Operation: Wed.–Sun., 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Cost: Free


Art Museum of South Texas

The bay-front campus of the Art Museum of South Texas is itself a veritable work of art. The majestic buildings feature floor-to-ceiling windows and many architectural touches that play off the South Texas sun and the Corpus Christi Bay. This world-class facility focuses on regional art, but more importantly, positions this art and the region in the greater global visual arts scheme.

Hours of Operation: Tues – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Mon: Closed

Cost: FREE for Members & TAMU-CC Students, Individuals & Families with SNAP/EBT Card, Children 12 & Under | $8 Adults | $6 Seniors (60+) | $4 Students

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Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center

Meet ancient Japanese warriors, and gaze at the artistry of Chinese kimonos, porcelains, and even a rickshaw! The treasures, stories, and richness of each country’s people await you at this interactive museum.

Hours of Operation: Wed. – Sat: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: FREE for Law Enforcement Officers | $6 Adults | $5 Senior/Military | $4 Student | $3 Children 4-12


K Space Contemporary

As a forum for creative exchange and experimentation, this downtown staple aspires to educate and build awareness for innovative and contemporary art in South Texas. And be sure to check out the Shops at K Space, where visitors can even purchase local art!

Hours of Operation: Wed. – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: Free


Art Center of Corpus Christi

This museum is home to gorgeous views of the bayfront, local art for sale, masterpieces on display, and is home to the Grow Local Farmers' Market and Artisan Market on Wednesday evenings! Gather the family and take part in one of their workshops or Free Family Art Time.

Hours of Operation: Tues.: 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. | Wed.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. |  Thurs. – Sat: 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Cost: Free


Texas Surf Museum

The Texas Surf Museum is a must-see for anyone who's ever ridden the Gulf waves, and a delightful adventure for non-surfers as well. Relax on a bench made from surfboards, catch a surf film in the projection theater, and spot old buddies and young stars in the hundreds of photos scattered throughout the museum.

Hours of Operation: Mon. – Sat: 11 a.m.– 7 p.m. | Sun: 11 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Cost: Free


Padre Island Art Gallery

Located on the Island, this gallery perfectly captures the laidback, beach vibes of the Gulf Coast Capital. Step inside and explore hundreds of pieces by local artists for sale. And be sure to check out a number of art classes and workshops held at the gallery!

Hours of Operation: Mon. – Sat: 10:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. | Sun: 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Cost: Free