Wednesday’s Event Pick: La Belle at the Bullock Museum

See a live-action rebuild of a 17th-century ship that changed Texas history. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman.

See a live-action rebuild of a 17th-century ship that changed Texas history. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman.

Since October 25, a crew of curators and technicians have been working to rebuild the 17th-century French ship La Belle, which sank in Matagorda Bay in 1686 along the Texas coast. But unlike anywhere else, this ship is being rebuilt inside the Bullock Texas State History Museum live in front of museum-goers and live stream-watchers.

The Bullock Museum also has more than 100 artifacts from the ship that was lost at sea for 300 years. Discover what items were most important to French settlers hoping to establish a new North American colony. See a film that explains the process of the ship’s conservation. Experience a 4D journey aboard La Belle and discover more about the voyage through interactive flat screen panels.

The live-action rebuild happens every Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $8-$12 for the exhibit and $6-$7 for the 4D film.


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