history lecture series

Lecture Series

The museum hosts a yearlong lecture series that brings in speakers on local, regional, national, and international subjects of the maritime world. Typically, lectures are broken into two subject themes of those that are historical in focus and those specific to an industrial topic. Visit our Youtube page to access archival video of past lectures!

Please note that HMM now requires visitors to register for our lecture series programs to better accomodate our guests. To register, click on the lecture pages below! 

History Lectures

Thanks to the generous support of Frost Bank, the Houston Maritime Museum is able to provide a monthly history lectures on a variety of topics. All lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, open to the public, and include admission to the museum collections. Refreshments are also included.Frost

Veterans Day Special: WWII in the Pacific

Veterans Day Special: WWII in the Pacific

Veterans Day Special: WWII in the Pacific

On December 7, 1941, Japan infamously coordinated an attack of Pearl Harbor. The next day newspapers from all across the country reported that the United States was officially at war. The Allied powers ultimately claimed victory; a victory that may have not seemed possible during the first few months of 1942. Join us on Veterans Day for a dual lecture as museum docent, Whit Drake, and author, Donald Kehn, delve into some of the early events of WWII in the Pacific. They will discuss how the Japanese failed despite having all the pieces in place to win the war and try to untangle the stubbornly interwoven narrative of the sinkings of the USS Pope and USS Edsall.

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Environmental Lectures

Our newest lecture series invites key members of the maritime community and academia who highlight innovation and progress in the maritime industry. Both lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are open to the public and include admission to the museum collections. Refreshments are also included.


Industry Lectures

Throughout the year the Houston Maritime Museum presents talks by community leaders on various topics related to the maritime industry. All lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are open to the public, and include admission to the museum collections. Refreshments are also included.

Opportunities in the Maritime Industry

Opportunities in the Maritime Industry

Opportunities in the Maritime Industry

Women in the maritime industry often struggle with the challenges arising from a career in shipping. Founded in 1974, the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is a global organization that aims to alleviate those struggles by connecting female executives and decision makers from around the world. The organization serves as a connector for its network of more than 3,000 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry. Join a distinguished all-female panel of WISTA members who will share their diverse backgrounds and personal career experiences in the maritime industry.

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