Most Anticipated Shipwreck

La Belle

Earlier this year, about 11,000 square feet of the first floor of exhibition space at the Bullock Texas State History Museum was closed for renovations. Renovations is an understatement. The Bullock is preparing for the permanent resting place of La Belle, the ill-fated ship belonging to French colonialist Robert de La Salle. Artifacts of the 300-year-old vessel were found in Matagorda Bay along the Texas coast in the Nineties, leading to the discovery and excavation of the entire shipwreck, one of the most significant archaeological finds in Texas history. And it's all at the Bullock! In 2016, the museum space will reopen with the reconstructed ship for all to see.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress, 512/936-4629
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