Palacios Area Historical Association (PAHA), was incorporated in 1982 as a 501(c)3 non profit organization in the City of Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas. PAHA operates the City by the Sea Museum to carry out its work and operates a gift shop.

The mission of the Palacios Area Historical Association is to operate a museum as a functional resource center for visitors to experience and learn from the region’s diverse cultures and history. The Museum collects, conserves and interprets the material evidence of the prehistory, history and natural history of Palacios, Texas and the surrounding region; including along the shores of and in the adjoining waters, with emphasis on the social and cultural history of this area. This serves to preserve the past, record the present and provide perspective for the future.

City by the Sea Museum is located in the historic R.J. Hill Building on the corner of 4th and Commerce Street.

The Museum is open from 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays & Mondays.

Admission to the Museum is free. The suggested donation for non-members is $5.

Now Open

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Wednesday 12:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Thursday 12:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Friday 12:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Saturday 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed


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