The museum plays tribute to Beaumont's hometown legend, Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956). Voted the World’s Greatest Woman Athlete of the first half of the twentieth century by the Associated Press (AP), Babe excelled at basketball, track, golf, baseball, tennis, swimming, diving, boxing, volleyball, handball, bowling, billiards, skating and cycling during her lifetime. Though a professional golfer, she also went on to win an Olympic gold medal in the javelin throw and the 80m hurdles and a silver medal in the high jump at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, a feat for which famous sports writer Grantland Price dubbed her “Wonder Girl."
Described by George E. McLeod as "a big trophy case", the museum also serves a visitor center for the Beaumont region.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum & Visitors Center
Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.