Ice House Museum & Cultural Center

Forest Trail Region
818 Ernest & 4th Street Silsbee, TX 77656 (409) 385-2444

Learn about the town’s railroad development at the Ice House Museum and Cultural Center. Located in a 1926 icehouse, exhibits illustrate life before refrigeration. It it also one of the most popular venues for displaying work by local artists. Built in 1928, the building was originally an ice house that produced ice for local homes and businesses. Gulf States had ice shipped to area towns by railroad until trucks were utilized for transportation. Ice was delivered to homes by way of horse-drawn wagons and by later on truck. When refrigeration was invented, people no longer needed block ice for their ice boxes so demand slowed. The Ice House continued to produce ice, however, for recreational events and a variety of local companies until 1983.

Ice House Museum & Cultural Center

818 Ernest & 4th Street Silsbee, TX 77656




Wednesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m- 2:00 p.m