Somewhat surprisingly, Beaumont  boasts nearly 20 museums. Among the best is the downtown Texas Energy Museum (600 Main St., 409/833-5100, www.texasenergymuseum.org , 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun., $2 adults, $1 seniors and children 6–12). This spacious two-story facility features a fascinating collection of exhibits dedicated to, appropriately enough, oil-based energy sources. Interactive displays highlight the history of oil as a versatile resource and provide vital information about the global significance of this local commodity. Though the name is somewhat misleading—there aren’t any power plants or light bulbs here—the museum succeeds in educating visitors about the remarkable history and relevance of the petrochemical industry.