Plan Your Visit

Museum Hours

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Last admission time is 4:20 pm. Gift Shop closes at 4:30 pm.
Closed Mondays and most major holidays.
Phone number: (409) 880-1750   Email: 

See our calendar of events.


Adults $5
Seniors 60+ $3
Children Ages 6-12 $2
Children 5 & younger Free

UNIVERSITY DISCOUNT: Students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumni of Lamar University or LIT are admitted free, w/valid ID.

MILITARY DISCOUNT: Active military personnel, including Reservists & National Guard members, receive free admission year-round with a current military ID. During the annual Blue Star Museums program (Memorial Day to Labor Day) sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the immediate families of active duty military also receive free admission.

Though there is much outdoors to our museum, we do not allow pets except for service animals.


Gladys City is available for tours for groups of 10 or more on Tuesday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Guided tours are given when a tour guide is available; otherwise, it is a self-guided tour.

Special rates for adult groups are $3 each for Adults, $2 each for Adults 60+. Much of the museum complex is wheelchair accessible and benches are provided on the porches of several buildings.

For youth tours, including public and private schools, home school groups, and scout troops, during the regular school year (September-May), admission is free for all youth and one chaperone for every ten students. Additional chaperones pay the regular adult tour admission fee of $3. Admission for youth tours during the summer (June-August) is $1 per person, including youth and adults. 

Tour prices for adults, Senior Citizens and youth apply to groups of 10 or more and have called the museum at least 2 weeks in advance. Due to the nature of our events, regular admission prices will apply to event days.

Gladys City can accommodate up to 150 children in one tour. It is requested that large groups have at least one chaperone for every ten children.

To book your tour, call 409-880-1750 or use this easy, online form.

Ask about the "Lucas Gusher Re-enactment" when booking your tour! (Please note: The Lucas Gusher Re-enactment is not always available on weekends.)

Location & Directions

Gladys City is located on the Lamar University campus at 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd (formerly University Drive), Beaumont, Texas 77705 (Jimmy Simmons Blvd & E. Cardinal Drive along Hwy. 69N).


Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum Map

From Interstate 10 (eastbound or westbound), take the Port Arthur/Highway 69/287/96 exit heading south. Exit the "M.L. King Pkwy/Spur 380" exit and proceed down the service road. At the U-turn, turn left under the highway and turn left at the stop sign. Proceed northbound approximately a quarter mile to Jimmy Simmons Blvd. and Gladys City.

Northbound on Hwy. 69, from Port Arthur, exit Highland Avenue and watch for Jimmy Simmons Blvd. immediately on your right.