The Museum of the Coastal Bend showcases the rich multi-cultural heritage of the mid-coastal region of Texas. The Museum’s mission is to enhance the appreciation and enjoyment of the region's heritage. The Museum's purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret, and educate using the history and heritage of the region. For many years Victoria College worked with board advisors and volunteers from Victoria and nearby communities to develop the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Victoria College is an established higher educational institution that has served the Coastal Bend community since 1925.
The museum's founders began with a concept of creating a cultural institution for educational enrichment to enhance the public’s appreciation and enjoyment of the region’s heritage and the preservation of natural resources. The Museum of the Coastal Bend opened with a Chamber of Commerce Red Ribbon ceremony on October 11, 2003. The museum complements existing local and regional museums and educational facilities, and through permanent and temporary exhibits, provides a comprehensive overview of the rich Coastal Bend heritage and places it into a regional perspective.