The Beeville Art Museum, created in 2000 by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is dedicated to the enrichment of the educational and cultural life in Beeville and surrounding communities through the concept of art and art education as a positive force in developing creative skills and thought. Housed in a graceful Victorian-style house built in 1910, the museum is surrounded by a public park for the community to enjoy. The Museum strives to show the widest range of artwork, with recent exhibitions including such varied media as AstroTurf, textiles, neon, antique keys, and CDs, as well as more traditional media such as oils, bronze, and watercolors. Exhibits have ranged from American decorative arts from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Bayou Bend to prehistoric creatures (welded from scrap metal) taking over the park.
The museum works with artists, museums, and collectors from throughout Texas to bring significant and relevant collections to Beeville. Each October, the museum hosts “BeeFest,” celebrating Texas artists and local community organizations. This is a free event held in the museum and the surrounding park. Located in South Texas, the museum is an easy drive from Austin, San Antonio, Victoria, Corpus Christi, and Houston, and a perfect family road trip.