Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend has created an exhibit that will tell the stories of the Crossroads region’s adaptations to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

“Coronavirus at the Coastal Bend” is scheduled to open on Aug. 14 at the museum.

“We wanted to display the impact the pandemic has had on our region and how its people have adapted to the crisis,” said Heather Para, exhibits and collections manager for the museum. “After the museum closed its doors on March 17 in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, museum staff began documenting community experiences by collecting first-hand photos and videos.”

The exhibit was organized in partnership with Victoria Advocate Chief Photographer Emree Weaver and Bria Woods, executive producer-digital at the Victoria Television Group.

A virtual exhibit preview at the MCBVictoriaTX YouTube Channel will be accessible beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13. 

The Museum of the Coastal Bend resumed regular hours of operation on May 5 in accordance with state guidelines and Victoria College protocols. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, with occupancy limits and social distancing. Facial coverings, temperature checks and health screenings are required for visitors and employees before entry. A disinfectant station is available upon entry, and high-touch areas are cleaned frequently. Museum staff wear facial coverings at all times while interacting with visitors.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on Victoria College’s Main Campus at 2200 E. Red River Street in Victoria.

To become a Museum of the Coastal Bend member or to get information on the museum and upcoming events, call (361) 582-2559 or visit


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