"The Ice House Museum has a fresh approach to history that brings it to life! They take local events that happened decades, if not centuries ago and make it feel like it was a part of your own life."
Ice House Museum
Photo of Darrell D. Shine (R) and Basil Bailey (L) delivering ice about 1943.
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The museum is open Wednesday through Saturdays from 10AM-4PM.
Southeast Texas was the center of two of the largest "booms" in US history--The Oil Boom and the Timber Bonanza. See what is left of the dozens of boom towns that once filled the area.
Before America and before Texas, there was a forest, a culture, a people unlike anything we know. The Spanish Explorers explored the Neches River and brought a new culture, religion, and ultimately death to the original land and people.
Current Museum Exhibits
The manufacture of ice was vital to the health and progress of the South in the 19th Century. The Silsbee Ice House manufactured a ton of block ice every day in the 1920's, delivered by horse and wagon and train. See an ice wagon, and a 1920's house and kitchen inside of the museum, built into the original Ice Plant.
An entire gallery devoted to how 30,000 TONS of ice was manufactured and shipped from the Silsbee Ice Plant to all over SE Texas every month.
Programming made possible with funding from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as a part of the Federal ARP Act.