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Museum Programs

Museum COVID policy:

Social distancing is required inside of the museum.  Unless noted, please do not touch the exhibits.  Masks are encouraged but not required. No public restroom.  Thank you for helping us to keep our patrons safe!

Class Tours by Appointment

Teachers! Search the picture on the left to search museum artifacts, photographs, art, fossils, scientific instruments and documents and use them in your lessons. 

The  Silsbee Icehouse Museum and Cultural Center is dedicated to education and prides itself in being a strong resource for public and private school teachers and Home-Schooled children. With a professional Educational Department consisting of licensed educators from a variety of disciplines, we can provide class tours of our exhibits with companion handouts, activities, preparation materials, and some customization with advance notice.

Our Educational Team has educators licensed in both elementary and secondary education and are able to provide resources for all children K-12.  As well as public and private school resources, we can assist with Home School Groups  or

individuals who want to provide excellence in educational resources for their curriculum. 

Please contact us for more information regarding curriculum, fees, current temporary and permanent exhibits, artifacts availble for custom tours, and any other educational needs you may have. We pride outselves on being creative in reaching and and permanently hooking children into the magic of museums! 



2 Million year old  fossil of a rhinocerous found in Neches River.  This amazing fossil is a part of our permanent collection.

Traveling Suitcase

The Ice House Museum has numerous artifacts that will soon be searchable on our website that can be brought to your classroom for a private lesson.  Whether your lesson begs for the enrichment of an original Civil War Soldier's letter written from the battlefield, or a 2 million year old fossil that came from SE Texas, imagine the memory-enhancement of such a lesson for your students. Perhaps you are studying medicine and science and you had the opportunity to have your students hear from the descendent of a 19th century doctor, and see his instruments and medications.  Or perhaps a story in the use of the centuries-old treatment of a "madstone" for snake bite or the bite of a mad dog might enhance your classwork.


We can provide artifacts from a variety of areas in this arena, and are happy to discuss the contents of the musuem and make suggestions as to what we can provide for your individual needs. If you are interested in discussing artifacts as a possibility for a Traveling Suitcase presentation for your classroom, please contact us and we can discuss the possibilities and our very reasonable fees for this service.  


Art Classes
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One of the major goals of the Ice House Museum is to spotlight art instruction for children and high school students.  Throughout the year we have a number of classes partnered with Local School District's Art Departments that are open to students. The spring begins the year with an Event known as Art Fest, a celebration of Art Insturction in Silsbee Independent School District, and partnered with the Performing and Visual Arts Council brings children's art  (K-12) to our Main Art Gallery where it is showcased in an Exhibit and Reception.

Get Smart About Art closely follows, taught by local High School Art teachers from area school districts. 

June brings our summer art program, Kool Kids for Kool Art, a week-workshop presented by local art teachers.  August is the time for The Piney Woods Artist Competition, where local artists are the stars of our Art Gallery, and the Winner-Takes-All: A private exhibit of their own at a later date! October repeats this competition for budding Photographers.  Our busy year is complete with Make It Take It, a fun art workshop for kids that coordinates with Christmas in The Big Thicket on the first Saturday in December.


Themed Promotions
Spooky Stories

Spooky Stories combines Story-Telling, Drama, and Costuming as this annual event provides a creative activity during the week of Halloween.  This creepy event is sponsored jointly by the Museum and the Silsbee Performing and Visual Arts Council, supported by the Silsbee Independent School District High School Fine Arts Department-specifically Drama classes.

Museum cases may contain scary things, and there is no guarantee that something won't get you!


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Polar Express

The Ice House Museum Building was built on the Railroad Tracks in order to ship ice to the farest corners of the kingdom.  What better place to travel on the Polar Express than here, where pajamas and teddy bears are the required attire, and the lights go out and the adventure begins on our big screen! 

This traditional Christmas evening of viewing Polar Express and drinking hot cocoa allows the Silsbee culture to flow through a fun and wholesome community activity.


Educational Partnerships and Links

Silsbee Public Library


Look for our "Meet Pete the Rhino" Fossil exhibit at the library in August!

Search Ice House Museum artifacts for teachers

Website:lin coming soon!

Need a classroom resource for your lesson plan? Search the museum and see how we can help!

Performing and Visual Arts Council

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Virtual Museum Tours for Kids around the World

See great museums without leaving the house!

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour

Sept. 23, 2023 at 11am

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Stark Museum

Contains a fabulous collection of Western Art and Native American Artifacts

Silsbee Independent School District

Resources for students and teachers