Corpus Christi is becoming as much a cultural destination as a hotspot for outdoor fun. When you need a break from the sun, immerse yourself in the museums, architecture, galleries, colorful murals, and live music scene before hitting the waves again.
Art Museum of South Texas
The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST) is an anchoring part of the vibrant arts community of Corpus Christi. The Museum, designed by internationally renowned architects, Philip Johnson and Ricardo Legorreta, sits on the edge of the Corpus Christi Bay, right along North Shoreline Boulevard. AMST houses three stories of gallery space displaying a diverse permanent collection of over 1,900 works of art. Delve into an afternoon discovering the arts of the Americas and the Texas region, from paintings, photographs and sculptures, to glass, ceramics, crafts and large installation pieces, that will surely leave you inspired. Admission is $8 for adults, except on the first Friday of each month, where admission is just $1 all day, including Dollar After Dark during Art Walk.
Hosted by the Marina Arts District to highlight the creative community in Corpus Christi, this monthly event transforms downtown into a lively scene for local art, music, and food. Start with happy hour and live music at The Gold Fish before heading to Artesian Park, where you’ll find vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to wood carvings and soaps. The park is one of five stops on the free shuttle that runs between the Exchange and the Art Museum of South Texas during the event. Be sure to pop into smaller galleries like K-Space Contemporary to explore the work of local artists along the way.
The Ritz Theatre is an important local landmark and one of the last remaining historic buildings in downtown Corpus Christi. Built in 1929 and best known as Ritz Music Hall during the ‘70s, the beautiful Spanish Renaissance-style arena has hosted music legends like Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan but fell into disrepair before the turn of the century. Local groups recently organized fundraising efforts to restore the theater to its original glory, opening the venue as a stop on the monthly Art Walk to raise awareness about its local and cultural significance.
Take in a virtual tour of other historic architecture on the Frontera App, where Doc McGregor’s black-and-white snapshots reveal what the city looked like in 1930. The bells chiming from the nearby cathedral will draw your attention to its beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival style.
Austin may be the Live Music Capital of the World, but you can’t beat the diversity of live music in Corpus Christi. Venues abound between Mesquite Street and Water Street, where you might hear Puerto Rican music on the patio at BUS, Jimmy Buffet covers at the Executive Surf Club, or country, folk, and rock bands at the Exchange and House of Rock. And after raising a glass at the Gold Fish, there’s always the option to provide your own entertainment at Rehab Karaoke.
Explore Corpus Christi
Presented by Visit Corpus Christi, Explore Corpus Christi provides an in-depth look at everything the city has to offer. From cuisine to the arts to the beaches, we’ve collected and curated recommendations to ensure a fantastic trip to the Texas Coast. Read more here.